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How did the Nazi's rule affect young people in Nazi Germany?

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How did the Nazi's rule affect young people in Nazi Germany? Education was an area where policies towards women were applied. The school curriculum was based around the idea that not many of them would go on to university. School staff was told to teach with that thought in mind so that they wouldn't teach them anything unnecessary, only things they would need to know in a German home. Crafts and skills were encouraged the most because it was what was needed in the role of a German woman. They knew that women were needed for some intellectual jobs and so needed to be educated so that they could be nurses and teachers but only certain girls would need to know this and it wasn't relevant to the majority of girls. This is a timetable of a standard secondary school girl. It shows how limiting their education was. German women were only taught things that they "needed". There is a lot of racial studies and ideology in this timetable and it shows hoe the Nazi's used schools as a major source to put ideas of Nazi racial theories into their minds. ...read more.

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In 1939 membership to the Hitler Youth was made compulsory. Sport was encouraged for both girls and boys because it would help them when the become mothers and soldiers. When the Olympic games were held in Berlin Hitler hoped that Germany would prove they are the Master race. Germany did win more medals than any other country but a black American, Jesse Owens, won the greatest athlete of the games award. When children went home from school they were expected to go to youth groups. Boys joined the Pimpfen at the age of 5 until they were 10 when the joined the German youth and then the Hitler youth at the age of 14. When they turn 18 the boys would go into the labour service for six months and then joined the Army. Girls joined the league of maidens at the age of 10 and stayed until they were 21. The youth organisations met every night after school and on weekends. At first the youth groups tried to attract the youth with fun and games like camping, but later on the Nazi ideology came into play. ...read more.

Conclusion

In 1939 at the outbreak of war in spetember, another group was formed for women and it was compulsory to join. This was the Land Year Programme, it was an organisation for women who were unattached to spend between six months and a year working on a farm. It wasn't easy though. The farm life was like military camps, with hardly any washing facilities and toilets. The work was hard. A normal day would go like this. 5.30 rise 17.00 household work 6.00 work in the fields 18.00 break 8.00 breakfast 18.30 recreation 8.30 work in the fields 19.30 political instruction 12.00 lunch 20.30 supper 13.00 political lecture 21.00 singing 14.00 sports drill 21.30 lights out 16.00 political class When the war came everything that the Nazi's believed in changed. The priority for women to be at home changed to them having to work in factories and assisting the war. They no longer trained women about motherhood ad domestic things but about the great military struggle. The preasure of the war forced the nazi's to stop their beliefs about women and work. Their attitude had changed and now the encouraged, even demanded that women work in the factories. By the last full year of the war over 50% of the industrial workers were women. ...read more.

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