• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Why Do Sources a To E Give Different Views On the Success of Nazi Youth Policy Between 1933 and 1939?  Explain Your Answer Using Sources a To E and Knowlegde From Your Own Studies.

Extracts from this document...


WHY DO SOURCES A TO E GIVE DIFFERENT VIEWS ON THE SUCCESS OF NAZI YOUTH POLICY BETWEEN 1933 AND 1939? EXPLAIN YOUR ANSWER USING SOURCES A TO E AND KNOWLEGDE FROM YOUR OWN STUDIES (15 MARKS) Hitler believed that to control Germany's future, they had to influence the minds of young people of Germany. He believed that the youth of Germany were the most important factor for German dominance. Hitler had to indoctrinate the youth, to try and instil his own beliefs into them. He set about this by creating youth movements. These youth movements brought discipline and organisation to the youth of Germany. Hitler hoped that all of this together would create a perfect race for the future. One reason why the sources share different views is because they were written at different times. In the beginning, there was a lot of enthusiasm and optimism surrounding the Hitler youth movements. ...read more.


It was a national movement and the youth of Germany felt that they were being patriotic by joining the youth movements. It was embracing as everyone was involved. Source D shows togetherness among the children. However the reliability of the source is questionable. This could easily have been arranged for propaganda purposes. But in defence of the source, I do know that events such as group singing did occur to boost morale and increase group spirit. However, not everyone enjoyed the Hitler youth. Enthusiasm surrounding the youth movements began to decline. The major reason why the enthusiasm declined was because of the constant changing of leaders, which consequently brought changes in the policies of the Hitler youth, which disjointed and disrupted the youth movements and the enthusiasm which once surrounded it. Kurt Gruber formed the first group of young members in 1926. Later that year the leadership of the movement transferred to Franz von Pfeffer. Pfeffer's main intention was to train young men to fight against members of left-wing youth groups. ...read more.


Sources C and E further back up the point of the declining enthusiasm. Source C says ''many young people appear to have resented the strict discipline that was required in these organisations''. Source E is a private letter written by a Hitler youth member. He is extremely critical and objective towards Hitler and his youth movements. ''They tell you things you've heard hundreds of times, about the 'genius and greatness of the Fuhrer'...And we have only one wish: sleep, sleep.'' The source suggests that the brainwashing and indoctrinating isn't working. The boys are getting sick of the harsh military regime. But the fact that the source is very opinionated, means that there could be bias and the majority view may not be expressed. To conclude, the sources have different views, mainly because they have been written at different times, by different people with different experiences for different purposes. Also the sources differ because of the decline in the general enthusiasm for Hitler's youth movements are great, but as it went on, more and more people became disillusioned, like the 'Edelweiss Pirates' and the 'White Roses'. ...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. Outline the Different Forms of Nazi Propaganda and Comment on its Success

    To start with the radio was only for light entertainment. In 1935 the estimated audience was 37 million out of 70 million people. If a speech were about to be broadcast then a siren would sound all work would stop and mass listening would commence.

  2. Study all the sources.

    Overall the reliability of this source is questionable, but still useful as it has similarities to other sources. I feel that source A disagrees with the claim "Kristallnacht was a spontaneous event by the German people", as Fritz Hesse tells us that it was the Nazis who carried out the events.

  1. The Discussion of Nazi Propaganda Towards Youth.

    "The Law Concerning the Hitler Youth" was decreed in December 1936. Although this law recruited the rest of the German children into the HJ by threatening the parents with imprisonment, the membership of the organization still involved more that half of the eligible German youth ("History").

  2. The Hitler Youth (HJ) movement.

    Despite Hitler's efforts to keep the BDM inferior to the HJ, once the war began he was forced to call on the women within Germany to take over their jobs to keep the country running. The BDM girls worked in armament factories, worked on farms for months at a time,

  1. What impression of 'Kristallnacht' does source c give? Explain your answer.

    They agree that the Nazi's are responsible and to blame for 'Kristallnacht'. We know this because we see in source F Tsar Nicholas II who encouraged attacks against the Jews. It shows the reader of the Russian magazine that it didn't do him any good and tells the Nazi's to watch what they are doing.

  2. The sources A-F all show the different impact and success of Volksgemeinschaft in Germany ...

    These "undesirables" included outsiders such as Jews and Homosexuals. Maschmann supports Clare's comment on how Nazi Germany was a "wonderful place to be alive" for those inside Volksgemeinschaft by speaking of her enjoyment of youth group activities. George Clare's comment also implies that there was successful persecution of the Jews

  1. ­­How much support was there for the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1939?

    He says that the "messianic belief" in Hitler has died out, and that people feel "uncertain" about the economic future. He clearly thought that it was only a matter of time before people would start to openly criticise Hitler, I gather this from the fact that he says that Hitler

  2. Both sources, D and E, give accounts of what the authors heard people say ...

    If it had been written before or after the war, it would have been more credible, as there would be no reason for him to lie about it. Again however, it might have been published at this time because he thought the Nazis went too far, and to make it harder for the Nazis to find out about it.

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