Accession Number: NEKHC:2009.7

Object: Belt

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

Physical Description: Black leather belt with embossed metal buckle. Metal buckle embossed with Third Reich eagle and swastika. 'Blut und Ehre' embossed on buckle. Has RZM stamp.

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This belt was worn by members of the Hitler Youth as part of their uniform. The buckle is engraved with the motto ‘Blood and Honour’ (Blut und Ehre) which can also be found on early Hitler Youth daggers. It also carries the mark of the Reichszeugmeisterei (RZM) which was the office in charge of sourcing and supplying equipment and uniforms for the Third Reich.

Further Information

The Hitler Youth fostered devotion to Hitler, race consciousness, and the allegiance pledge included a promise to serve both State and Fuhrer as future soldiers. Members would go to annual camps and do activities such as hiking, field craft and sports. 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).