Accession Number: NEKHC:2009.1

Object: Badge

Category: Hitler Youth; Badges; Propaganda; Youth Groups; Indoctrination; Uniforms in the Third Reich

Physical Description: Diamond shaped metal badge with pin clasp on rear. Black Swastika over red and white background. Part of Hitler Youth Brigade. This badge was worn on the cap, the back of the badge is marked RZM (Reichszeugmeisterei logo).

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This metal cap badge was worn by members of the Hitler Youth as part of their uniform.

The Hitler Youth fostered devotion to Hitler and the Nazi party, race consciousness, and the allegiance pledge included a promise to serve both State and Fuhrer as future soldiers. The complete indoctrination of children into Nazi ideology was the ultimate goal, twinned with an ideologically driven school curriculum, and propaganda which specifically targeted young people.

Sources:

Dvorson, Alexa (1999) The Hitler Youth: Marching Towards Madness New York: The Rosen Publishing Group Inc.

Germany (1936) Deutsches Reichsgesetzblatt [German Reich Law Journal] Law on the Hitler Youth (December 1, 1936) Part 1: 113/993 [Online]. Available at: http://alex.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/alex?aid=dra&datum=1936&size=45&page=1083 (Accessed: 17 January 2015).

Germany (1939) Deutsches Reichsgesetzblatt [German Reich Law Journal] Second Execution Order to the Law on the Hitler Youth (Youth Service Regulation) (March 25, 1939) Part 1: 66/710 [Online]. Available at: http://alex.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/alex?aid=dra&datum=1939&size=45&page=941 (Accessed: 17 January 2015).

Imperial War Museum ‘Cap, M1936 Service Dress’ IWM [Online] Available at: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/30100714 (Accessed: 17 January 2015).

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ‘Indoctrinating Youth’ (20 June 2014) Holocaust Encyclopedia, USHMM [Online]. Available at: http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007820 (Accessed: 17 January 2015).