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History - Hitler and young people

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How did Nazis affect the lives of young people? The young people in Germany held a big part of Hitler's plans for the new Nazi Germany. Hitler aimed to indoctrinate the young people of Germany, forming a young, fit, obeying army of Aryan Germans - a perfect start to his 1000 Year Reich. Hitler believed that 'those that have the youth on their side control the future,' and that 'A young German must be as swift as a greyhound, as tough as leather, and as hard as Krupp's steel.' If Hitler could indoctrinate these ideas into all young Germans then he could easily form a German society that would perform in war and serve the Nazi Germany State. In the early years of Hitlers Nazi power over Germany he created an unique relationship with the young people of Germany. Hitlers main aim in these years was to win over the young people of Germany, making them true Nazi believers and the base for his 1000 year Reich army. Hitler gave the young people of Germany a new role. ...read more.

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Old subjects - ie Maths, Geography and History - were rewritten too, with main topics being the ideas of Lebensraum, war and battles. Hitler saw school as a good preperation for war and an ideal place for his young people to be indoctrinated. Hitler rewrote the role for the girls of Germany. Hitler said that a German Madel had three jobs - known as the three K's - Kinder, Kuche and Kirche. Their role in a German household was to produce the next generation of Aryan Germans (Kinder - children), to cook food in the Kurche(Kitchen) and to go to Kirche (Church). Women were limited to simple dress (no modern clothing), no makeup and a general 'peasant' appearance. They were seen as a comrade for their political or military husband. Young girls would learn that this was their role from an early age in the Youth Movements set up by Hitler such as the Jung Madel (ages 10-14), the BDM (ages 14-18) and the Faith and Beauty (ages 18+). Hitler also redefined the role of boys in Germany. ...read more.

Conclusion

These young people were renowed for mocking Nazi control and organisation, not following their 'roles' set put by Hitler and listening to American Jazz music, which Hilter saw as black, anti-Aryan music. The Nazis had a harsh response to the Edelweiss Pirates and similar groups. Individuals identified by the Gestapo as belonging to the various anti-Nazi resistance groups were often sent to consentration camps, prison or even killed. In November 1944 a group of thirteen people were publicly hanged in Cologne. In conclusion Hitler affected the lives of young people in Nazi Germany in many different ways. He set up Youth Movements that indoctrinated the youths into believing the Nazi theories were correct and they were a superior Aryan race. He also set out new roles for boys and girls making each feel that they were important and had a job to do to help Nazi Germany. Lastly he redesigned schools and curriculums so that his breed of soldiers and companions were ready for the war and, though met by some resistance, when helped by the SS achieved his german population that were 'as swift as a greyhound, as tough as leather, and as hard as Krupp's steel.' Tarryn Christison ...read more.

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