The German Youth: The Hitler Youth Movement

The youth were the one way that Hitler could affect most of the population of Germany’s beliefs. The only future of the Nazis was the German youth. This idea was introduced by Hitler and the government. The German kids were seen to be so susceptible to Hitler’s beliefs. The children were basically brainwashed by Hitler. At first, the Hitler Youth Movement was just a small bud, but it grew larger and larger very quickly. In the early 20’s the Nazi party instituted a youth movement led by Kurt Gruber. On July 4th, 1926, the group was renamed Hitler Youth and run by the SA. Hitler used the German youth as the German Nazis very own, not so secret weapon because they would be easier to brainwash than German adults with their own opinions and views, …show more content…
Over time it became a de facto paramilitary group for boys aged 14-18, a method of preparing them for entry into the armed forces. The Hitler Youth had uniforms, ranks and insignia not unlike those of the SA. Its organisational structure was also familiar: there were local units, regional divisions and a national leadership. Most units of the Hitler Youth met once through the week and another time on weekends, under the counsel of adult party members. They engaged in a range of physical activities and skills training, including sports and games, hiking, orienteering and map-reading, knot-tying and bushcraft. Weekends and school holidays were an opportunity for units to camp or bivouac, or attend larger regional rallies. From the mid-1930s the group’s training system became more military oriented, with more priority on marching and drills, weapons training, obstacle and assault courses, camouflage and combat tactics. These physical activities were followed and underpinned by racial and ideological teachings. Hitler Youth chapters attended lectures and instructional seminars about Hitler’s life, Nazi ideas and racial theory. New recruits were required to take an oath of loyalty to Hitler, while many members recited a bastardised form of the Lord’s Prayer: “Adolf Hitler, you are our great Fuhrer. Thy name makes the enemy tremble. Thy will alone is law upon the earth. Let us hear daily thy voice; order us by thy leadership. For we will obey to the end and even with our lives. We praise thee! Hail Hitler!” Fuhrer, my Fuhrer, give me by God. Protect and preserve my life for long.You saved Germany in time of need. I thank you for my daily bread. Be with me for a long time, do not leave me, Fuhrer. My Fuhrer, my faith, my light, Hail to my

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