(Original post by elisabeth_rb)
Not that many. Of those who knew what was going on, many were just to terrified to speak out against it. I suspect very few of us know what it's like to live under a regime where speaking up can lead to your being carted off and shot! Also, worth bearing in mind is the sheer amount of underground resistance activity going on at the time. The amount of people who consciously supported Hitler at that time was minimal. Most of those who did were also just going along with it.
there is quite considerable debate over whether a large proportion of the population knew. goldhagens book is particularly relevant to this argument, he suggests the majority knew and silently supported the actions. though of course other scholars have demonstrated few knew.
all i will say is it is hard to take either stance, i dont believe it is a case of either/or. for example the smell of burning flesh from the death camps would have been extremeley pungent and though the trains constantly transporting jews intot he camps were widely known about. it is not difficult to put the two things together. however, think of the context of the war, people had more immediate problems, food, loved ones etc etc and so whether things that should have raised alarm bells did in fact do so, or whether people simply pushed things to the back of their minds are both valid answers that could contribute to a more balanced and complex picture than the simple, "the germsna did know/the germand didnt know argument"
some great books on many of these questions have been released by people like browning and...hmmm cant think of anymore at present.
unforunately the other aspect of your argument also does not bear scrutiny. unlike in france or many other occupied territories, in germany the resistance was minor, if not wholly insignificant. apart from the stauffenberg plot and a few other events there was little in the way organised resistance...and by thsi i mean organised resistance. it is debateable as to the extent of personal resistance i.e. non participation with the regime.
and support is another grey area. it can take many forms and is not such a dichotomous question of support/resistance. people did still support hitler at the time, whether this was for economic reasons, his leadership style or his anti semitism would create different conclusions as to how much support he had and what form it took.