During the occupation of the Netherlands freedom of expression was curtailed. Political parties, trade unions, radios, and newspapers were monitored. In this way the Germans tried to maintain control over the population. The cinemas showed German movies, the news on the radio was pro-German.
Civil Administration under the leadership of Reichskommissar Seyss-Inquart was imposed on the Netherlands. This gave the SS (Schutzstaffel: security department, a paramilitary organisation within the German Nazi party), the German police, and various Nazi organisations more freedom to carry out their tasks. By appointing a Civil Administration, Hitler hoped to gain the support of the people. Immediate tough action against the Jews could have thwarted this plan.