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The Nazi Youth policy was very successful in some areas however in other areas it failed.

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Introduction

The Nazi Youth policy was very successful in some areas however in other areas it failed. Firstly though, it is important to see its aims before it can be deemed successful or not. The Nazis aimed to make Children obedient and disciplined, they also wanted them to idolise the Fuhrer and make him seem like God to them. They also aimed to make the growing nation a lot fitter and aimed to implant the idea that it was great to sacrifice yourself if it meant benefit for the national good. They also wanted children to do everything they could to bring about racial purity of the German nation. They wanted to develop boys and girls to become separate things. For the boys they wanted to make them into a strong fighter and for the Girls they wanted to make them into reliable housewives and the bearer of many children (but only if they were of pure Aryan blood). The Nazis concentrated heavily on the youth policy and there many groups set up to lure children of all ages into them. ...read more.

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The Nazis managed to at first make the youth policy fun and exciting for children. Activities like singing, camping and playing games helped teach comradeship whilst still being fun and exciting for the youngsters. The emphasis on physical training was a success in numerous ways for the Nazis. Children especially boys enjoyed the emphasis on sport and this meant that they put a lot of effort into it. In the longer run it meant that they were at an advantage physically over the British and French troops. Successes stretched over girls as well as boys, it was reported that even Jewish girls wanted to join the BDM because it had such and appeal. It also bought all the class groups together and there was a feeling of equality throughout the BDM and Hitler Youth camps, which made children feel wanted and "part of something special." Another way that the Nazi Youth Policy succeeded was by making their youth more charged up for war than any other nation; on the battlefield their soldiers that had been through the German Youth system fought "more fanatically" then the older soldiers. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another very significant failure was the education of the youth. Because of the Nazis intense focus on physical strength the new generation were become stupid and incapable of becoming a political leader or making any valid contributions scientifically or technically. In conclusion it is clear that at first the Nazi youth policy was very successful and drew in a huge percentage of the German youth. However it is clear that like anything new and exciting, the novelty soon wares off. Rebelling against the Nazis was becoming more exciting than being part of them and the new alternate groups were growing in numbers as well. Also the Nazis clearly concentrated too much on the Physical state of the Nation rather than the mental state and it was clear that the new generation during Hitler's rein were way behind other counties in intelligence and this was a clear failure of the Nazis. One final point is that 12 years in power is not enough to indoctrinate the whole of the German youth and make them all give in to Nazi ideology. ...read more.

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