Nazi Youth Movement

The path to achieving this goal was to create a curriculum for these young men – and women – and to erase prior teachings in religion and community, and to re-indoctrinate their thinking in the direction of the Third Reich.Today, more than 60 years after the end of World War II, people have more unanswered questions about the period than ever before. Chief among those questions is how was Hitler’s Nazi regime able to collect young children and adolescents from Germany’s families and households, which virtually surrendered their children to be collectively nurtured, mentally and emotionally shaped by the state as it assumed the role of surrogate parent to thousands of young German children before and during World War II? The answer is not a single sentence, but a complex series of events and the evolution of collective thinking that actually preceded the regime of Adolf Hitler. However, the forces under Adolf Hitler quickly recognized the opportunity that existed in exploiting Germany’s young.To understand the answer to the question of how Hitler’s Nazi forces were able to take young children from the safety of their parents’ homes to indoctrinate them into a system of rigid obedience and obsessive hate, the researcher must go back in time to a time just before World War I. A young man named Karl Fischer brought together a group of other young people, liberal thinkers like himself. “They started a fellowship, a romantic and idealistic in character, that because of its passionate championing of “the simple life” and “self-expression” set aflame the minds and hearts of adolescent Germany.1 Fischer’s group grew, and some descriptions of the group are reminiscent of descriptions of the 1960s youths. Fischer’s young followers were soon to be found in “every nook and corner of Germany, tramping through the woods with their guitars twanging, singing peasant songs, wearing a loose, simple costume, and sending a fresh breath of naturalism through the stuffy middle-class manners of the day.”