In a quote that encapsulates the spirit of the time, Werner Brumelburg declared, ‘The young generation in Germany today is so self-reliant, so willing and so trustful that it would be a crime on the part of the war generation not to hand over generously to the youth everything which the latter has the right to demand by reason of the struggle which it has waged for the establishment of a new attitude towards life.’
Dive deep into the annals of history with this comprehensive account on the Hitler Youth – the sole official boys’ youth organization in Germany from 1936 to 1945. With roots tracing back to 1922, this organization grew in prominence to become a symbol of Germany’s future under National Socialism, hence renamed as the ‘Hitler Youth, League of German Worker Youth’ in July 1926. It had a dual structure: the Hitler Youth proper for males aged 14 to 18 and the German Youngsters in the Hitler Youth for younger boys aged 10 to 14.
A critical instrument in the propagation of National Socialist ideology, the Hitler Youth bore the responsibility of securing the future of a Germany steeped in National Socialist thought. Elements of the Boy Scout movement, outlawed in 1935, were adapted into the Hitler Youth’s activities, encompassing camping and hiking, but went further to incorporate military-style training like weapons handling, assault course circuits, and rudimentary tactical skills.
More than just physical prowess and military training, the regime emphasized academic studies, intertwining it with a strong ethos of self-sacrifice for the nation’s cause. Franz Jagemann, a former Hitler Youth, attested to the fervent belief that through this organization, ‘Germany must live!’
In this thoroughly researched work, you will gain first-hand insight into the training and ideologies imparted to the Hitler Youth, offering a unique perspective on a critical period in history.