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Youth in Nazi Germany

Hitler thought that a strong Nazi society would be possible only if the children were taught the Nazi ideology. To achieve this he decided to control the children both inside and out side the school.

Nazism and the Schools

  • All schools were cleaned and purified by removing all Jewish and politically unreliable persons.
  • Children were separated as Germans and Jews. They could not sit together or play together.
  • In course of time the Jews, physically handicapped and the Gypsies were thrown out of the schools.

In 1940s they were taken to the gas chambers.

Good German children and the Nazi schools

  • Children were given a ideological training for a long period.
  • Text books were rewritten.
  • To justify the racial ideas of the Nazis racial science was introduced.
  • Children were taught to be loyal, submissive, hate Jews and worship Hitler.
  • A spirit of violence and aggression was encouraged among the children.
  • Boxing was given importance as Hitler thought that it would make the children iron hearted, strong and masculine.



Youth and Nazism

  • The German youth were to be educated on the spirit of National Socialism by the youth organisations.
  • 10 year olds had to enter Jungvolk.
At 14,all boys were to join the Nazi Youth Organisation called Hitler Youth. (The Youth League of the Nazis was founded in 1922. In 1926 renamed as Hitler Youth.)

These organisations taught them to:

a) worship war.

b) glorify aggression and violence.

c) condemn democracy.

d) hate Jews, communists, gypsies and all those who were called ‘undesirable'.

The Deutsches Jungvolk, meaning German Youth was a subdivision of the Hitler Youth for boys. Boys between the age group of 10 to 14 were enrolled in this organisation. It emphasised on teaching loyalty to Hitler, the regime and sponsored youth activity to reinforce the importance of male physical strength, vitality and militarism at a very young age. Parents can send their children to become members of the organization upto a certain age. The Nazis believed that teaching children how to become tough and brutal would free them from their weaknesses.

At the age of 18 they joined Labour service, after a rigorous ideological and physical training.
They should serve in the armed forces and enter one of the Nazi organisations.


German youth in Armed Forces

For your Information : -
All boys between the age of 6 and 10 went through a preliminary training in Nazi ideology. At the end of the training they had to take an oath of loyalty to Hitler.

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