Hitler Youth / Edition 1by Michael H. Kater
Pub. Date: 04/01/2006
In modern times, the recruitment of children into a political organization and ideology reached its boldest embodiment in the Hitler Youth, founded in 1933 soon after the Nazi Party assumed power in Germany. Determining that by age ten children's minds could be turned from play to politics, the regime inducted nearly all German juveniles between the ages of ten and… See more details below
In modern times, the recruitment of children into a political organization and ideology reached its boldest embodiment in the Hitler Youth, founded in 1933 soon after the Nazi Party assumed power in Germany. Determining that by age ten children's minds could be turned from play to politics, the regime inducted nearly all German juveniles between the ages of ten and eighteen into its state-run organization. The result was a potent tool for bending young minds and hearts to the will of Adolf Hitler.
Baldur von Schirach headed a strict chain of command whose goal was to shift the adolescents' sense of obedience from home and school to the racially defined Volk and the Third Reich. Luring boys and girls into Hitler Youth ranks by offering them status, uniforms, and weekend hikes, the Nazis turned campgrounds into premilitary training sites, air guns into machine guns, sing-alongs into marching drills, instruction into indoctrination, and children into Nazis. A few resisted for personal or political reasons, but the overwhelming majority enlisted.
Drawing on original reports, letters, diaries, and memoirs, Kater traces the history of the Hitler Youth, examining the means, degree, and impact of conversion, and the subsequent fate of young recruits. Millions of Hitler Youth joined the armed forces; thousands gleefully participated in the subjugation of foreign peoples and the obliteration of "racial aliens." Although young, they committed crimes against humanity for which they cannot escape judgment. Their story stands as a harsh reminder of the moral bankruptcy of regimes that make children complicit in crimes of the state.
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Table of Contents
|1||"Make way, you old ones!"||1|
|2||Serving in the Hitler Youth||13|
|3||German girls for matrimony and motherhood||70|
|4||Dissidents and rebels||113|
|5||Hitler's youth at war||167|
|6||The responsibility of youth||247|
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I had been intriged by this book for a long time and now I know why. Michael Kater has writen, beyond any reasonable doubt, the definitive work on the 'HITLER YOUTH'. This volume will not fail to astound with it detailed research. What a truly amazing period in Germany's history. The detail may bog down some readers who are not as detail oriented, but if you are interested in this period such detail is a must to a well-rounded understanding.