• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7
  8. 8
  9. 9
  10. 10
  11. 11

Hitler knew that he needed propaganda to get mass support from the Germans and he used it greatly.

Extracts from this document...


Hitler knew that he needed propaganda to get mass support from the Germans and he used it greatly. But he also wanted to indoctrinate more specifically children: he thought, as all dictators, that by indoctrinating children he would get them to know nothing else than him and his doctrine, and therefore to accept his dictature as granted: "When an opponent declares, 'I will not come over to your side', I calmly say, 'Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community'" Hitler 1933 "While the older generation could still waver, the younger generation has pledged itself to us and is ours, body and soul!" Hitler 1934 'Tomorow's officer' propaganda for the HJ But his plans were not the same for boys and girls: each needed to be prepared for his future role in the state. Boys were prepared for war, they should be ready to fight and risk their lives for their F�hrer and their country: "I want a brutal, domineering, fearless, cruel youth. Youth must be all that. ...read more.


Many children acceeded for the first time to real leisure activities. It was also a way of escaping from the parents and school: it was a world of their own, whose leaders were often in conflict whith the traditional authorities, teachers and parents. It was also an organisation that seemed to consider youth as very important: they were given tasks, Hitler always emphasized their importance in the state. Speech after speech he repeated that: "We older ones are used up. Yes, we are old already. . .We are cowardly and sentimental. . . But my magnificent youngsters? Are there finer ones anywhere in the world? Look at these young men and boys. What material! With them I can make a new world. . . ." Hitler The youth therefore felt that at last they could show who they were and help their country. (See excerpt from "La rose blanche" from Inge Scholl - in French). But during the war things were not quite as fun: to start with, fun activities became rarer and there were much more hard para-military training; the young leaders were sent to war and replaced; club buildings and sport fields were destroyed by the bombs .... ...read more.


They all shared the same ideas about Nazism and Hitler. The first, Hans had the idea of printing and handing out leaflets: they hoped that it would awaken resistance amongst the population and the students. They managed to give out 6 leaflets and to paint on the walls of the university: 'Down with Hitler'. But Hans, Sophie and Christl were arrested on the 18 of February 1944, they were sentenced to death five days later and the sentence was carried out the same day. Up to the end they displayed an incredible courage, trying to take all the accusation on themselves so as to discharge the others, and never stopping thinking that if they had awoken revolt, then their death were of no importance (read excerpt of "The White Rose" - in French). Later on Alexander Schmorell, Willi Graf and professor Huber were arrested too. 3) Conclusion These examples show that even though the Hitler Youth leaded masses of young Germans to obey blindly to Hitler, all the youth were not fanatised. Some youngsters resisted, not all as much and in the same ways, but they resisted. And some of them displayed a heorism and lack of selfishness which were quite incredible, going as far as giving their lives for liberty and democracy. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. How far and with what success did the Germans resist Hitler?

    However, these institutions did not provide as much opposition as they could have done. One might have expected a united front by the churches against the regime and open condemnation of his policies. In fact, what open opposition there was often came from individuals within the churches rather than from the churches as a whole.

  2. adolf hitler

    Such an act needed three-quarters of the members of the Reichstag to vote in its favour. All the active members of the Communist Party, were in concentration camps, in hiding, or had left the country (an estimated 60,000 people left Germany during the first few weeks after the election).

  1. The Hitler Youth (HJ) movement.

    that these boys experienced secret and all the boys wanted to do was forget about them and move on. So, boys had been taught to be as brutal as possible and to always pick on weaker people, even those within the Nazi party.

  2. Outline the Different Forms of Nazi Propaganda and Comment on its Success

    or offends the honour and dignity of Germany." Radio became one of the most powerful tools of indoctrination; Goebbels described it as "the spiritual weapon of the totalitarian state." In April 1934 the Nazis established a unified radio system. They purged all of what they described as 'hostile elements' from the system.


    Another radical departure was the preparation of boys and girls for separate and obviously stereotyped roles. The teaching profession was also carefully organised, the Nazi Teachers' League (NSLB) accounting for 97 per cent of the total teaching force by 1937. And yet the process was in many ways badly flawed.

  2. The Role of Propaganda in the Nazi Takeover

    By means of blatant false claims and accusations, the Nazis made untrue justifications for political and military aggression, as well as enthusiasm toward Nazi goals. Hitler knew how he had to manipulate propaganda to get "positive" results from the population.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work