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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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