The Hitler Youth

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The Hitler Youth The start of it all seems innocent. It goes from changing playing into politics, home and school to Volk and the Third Reich, turning campgrounds into pre-military training areas, air guns into machine guns, sing-alongs into marching drills, instruction into indoctrination, luring boys and girls into Hitler Youth by uniforms, weekend hikes (Health Source). Brainwashing children by activities that kids enjoy, turning children into Nazis (Health Source). Hitler's Youth Group was part of the systematic way that the Nazi's gained the support of the German people whose collective silence allowed the final solution to occur. The Beginning of Hitler Youth Hitler Youth started before the actual war. Hitler Youth was formed in 1926 (McDougall). They were made to involve children in the Nazi Party (Health Source). Hitler wanted to shape the new generation to become “victorious, daring youth, immune to pain.” He felt the need to mold this generation of children in order to lead them into Nazi military. They were encouraged to stop looking up to other authority figures, and start looking up to Nazis, accept Nazi principles without question (HBC Foundation), and devote themselves to Hitler (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). It was Hitler’s way to shape the new generation with his beliefs. False Ideas Hitler Youth propaganda made childrens idea of the program to be “fun”, and not a corrupting way to recruit children to the Nazi Party. They took everyday fun childhood activities and intertwined them into the Hitler Youth programs (Bartoletti 23). From hiking trips to camping, from singing, and sports (Bartoletti 23). Things that young children and teenagers all enjoy (Bartoletti 23). Using bands, badges, uniforms, and... ... middle of paper ... ...d=122&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZz Y29wZT1zaXRl#db=hch&AN=23601025 "Hitler Youth." historic clothing: expanded site. HBC Foundation, 25 Mar. 2009. Web. 28 Feb. 2014. McDougall, Alan. "A Duty To Forget? The 'Hitler Youth Generation' And The Transition From Nazism To Communism In Postwar East Germany, C. 1945-49." German History 26.1 (2008): 24-46. Academic Search Premier. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “The Holocaust.” Holocaust Encyclopedia. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143. Accessed on February 3, 2014 Zapotoczny, Jr., Walter S. "Hitler Youth." World Book Advanced. World Book, 2014. Web. 30 Jan.2014.
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