Hitler Youth

Hitler Youth In modern times the recruitment of children into a political organization and ideology reached its boldest embodiment in the Hitler Youth founded in soon after the Nazi Party assumed power in G

  • Title: Hitler Youth
  • Author: Michael H. Kater
  • ISBN: 9780674019911
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • In modern times, the recruitment of children into a political organization and ideology reached its boldest embodiment in the Hitler Youth, founded in 1933 soon after the Nazi Party assumed power in Germany Determining that by age ten children s minds could be turned from play to politics, the regime inducted nearly all German juveniles between the ages of ten and eighteeIn modern times, the recruitment of children into a political organization and ideology reached its boldest embodiment in the Hitler Youth, founded in 1933 soon after the Nazi Party assumed power in Germany Determining that by age ten children s minds could be turned from play to politics, the regime inducted nearly all German juveniles between the ages of ten and eighteen into its state run organization The result was a potent tool for bending young minds and hearts to the will of Adolf Hitler.Baldur von Schirach headed a strict chain of command whose goal was to shift the adolescents sense of obedience from home and school to the racially defined Volk and the Third Reich Luring boys and girls into Hitler Youth ranks by offering them status, uniforms, and weekend hikes, the Nazis turned campgrounds into premilitary training sites, air guns into machine guns, sing alongs into marching drills, instruction into indoctrination, and children into Nazis A few resisted for personal or political reasons, but the overwhelming majority enlisted.Drawing on original reports, letters, diaries, and memoirs, Kater traces the history of the Hitler Youth, examining the means, degree, and impact of conversion, and the subsequent fate of young recruits Millions of Hitler Youth joined the armed forces thousands gleefully participated in the subjugation of foreign peoples and the obliteration of racial aliens Although young, they committed crimes against humanity for which they cannot escape judgment Their story stands as a harsh reminder of the moral bankruptcy of regimes that make children complicit in crimes of the state.

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    1. I haven t looked at the other reviews yet, but this one seemed to be rated pretty low I m not sure why Kater is a very good historian and I like his writing style quite a bit He examines the origin of the youth organizations in Germany and in surrounding parts of Europe and makes connections between an earlier rebellion against modernity to the volkish, heavily charged nationalism that would result in a framework for the Hitler Youth for the NSDAP I found particularly interesting his examination [...]



    2. There s a curious phenomenon in historiography of the Nazis the insidious way in which, if you aren t very careful, you will find yourself reinscribing the terms of the very discourse you re supposed to be studying Hitler s ignorance and therefore innocence of the genocide of the Jews is probably the creepiest of these memes It was a popular defense of the F hrer during his reign, and then got picked up by Hitler apologist David Irving on his long descent from fire eating muckraker to Holocaust [...]


    3. This is a typical European history writing in that it is short of addressing the so what question I do not find the question he poses, Were those who joined the HJ legally responsible for what they did particularly interesting The answer is pretty obvious from the beginning It is rich in details based on memoirs recently written by survivors, however If you are interested in this particular German historical issue and the experiences of German youth during the war, it is an interesting book to r [...]


    4. I actually really liked this book in some ways, but was confused by some of the conclusions Kater seems to want to come to The thesis is allegedly wrapped up the dicey questions of complicity among the average Germans under the Third Reich This sort of discussion is wrought with problems at the outset, and Kater avoids a real examination for the most part It is, though, a highly readable and thorough history of one of the weirdest, most disturbing aspects of Hitler s regime.


    5. Good book if you are looking for in depth background information on the Hitler Youth, but I find it hard to believe that a person even finds himself questioning whether the children of Germany during WWII should bear a portion of the guilt for the atrocities committed by the leaders of the Third Reich Clearly, the answer is no All that being said, I did find the necessary dates and locations that I needed, so I m grateful for the thorough research that the author did.


    6. Many interesting historical facts, but lacked some of the depth in the story telling which would have helped the reader be able to perhaps draw some conclusion about a reasons why so many young people readily signed up in service to Hitler.



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