A Story Of Kids Like Hitler
At a time when Germany was suffering from a weak, unstable government, and unemployment, the Nazi party promised young Germans that a great future is a successful Germany, if they joined Hitler Youth. Hitler Youth offered its members excitment, adventures, and heroship. It gave them hope, power, and a chance to be heard. For others, it gave them a chance to rebel against parents, teachers and others. Hitler counted on the young boy's and girl'sto be a powerful force and help shape Germany's future.
Government and Hitler's Rise To Power
Government with Hitler was very popular. 50,000+ members were working in his government, trying to organize a group that would have a good imact on Germany. Bloodshed prompted many youths to reject the cautious policies such as air force, home gaurds, etc. Most joined because religious life followed the Nazi's in their rise to power. although Hitler didn't want the war because of the children, they had attempted to overthrow Hilter but failed.
Activities and The Process Of Education
For Hitler, education had one purpose: to mold children into good Nazi's. Each child had to pass a written examination to make sure they had mastured Nazi ideas about race and policies. Some children were rejected if their parents weren't good Nazi's. Their education was as important as their health. In order to show physical fitness, they demonstrated skills such as swimming, baseball, running, and gymnastics. Nazi teacher's did not tolerate disagreement, or discussion of other view points, but the Hitler Youth enjoyed the power they had over their teacher's. At meetings the children sang songs, played games, and listened to their teacher's read.
The Bloody War and The Holocaust
After World War 2, many Hitler Youth members had difficulty coming to terms with the results of the race war in which they had unknowingly, but willingly participated. Seeing the inside of the Concentration Camps was difficult for many. Young people who were raised to worship Hitler, who were taught from young age to believe Nazi idea's, were left with a defeated Germany and a dead leader who taught them wrong. However, after the defeat of Germany, the ypung German's no longer had to imagine, they could see with their own eyes.
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