Accession Number: NEKHC:2009.50

Object: Photographs

Category: Hitler Youth; Propaganda; Youth Groups; Indoctrination

Physical Description: Photograph; complete.

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Group photograph of boys in Hitler Youth group. Photo shows 11 boys all wearing Hitler Youth uniforms.

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).

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).