Imagine being part of Hitler’s army whenyou are aged 10-18 and having to become a Nazi even if you don’t want to. Ifyou didn’t join the Nazi’s side during World War 2 you were jailed, hung, andeven beat to death, often in front of crowds of Nazi supporters. Kids duringWorld War 2 were forced into Hitler’s Youth were they became “Hitler’s Boyarmy”.
This was the case for many German boys and girls that had to go to ahorrible program run by Hitler. Hitler’s Youth persecuted other Germancommunities, supplied soldiers to the German Military, and Brainwashed kids andteenagers. Hitler wanted full control of Germany and its citizens. Hitler’s Youth caused trouble withother groups and everyone in Germany, they were trouble makers. According toSusan Campbell Bartoletti, Hitler got rid of all other youth groups in Germanyand only left Hitler’s youth, and persecuted anyone who wasn’t under NationalSocialism faith. This shows that Hitler’s Youth caused trouble with othergroups by getting rid of them so there is only Hitler’s Youth. Also according toSusan Campbell Bartoletti Hitler Youth Officials forced all healthy GermanYouth, except Jews, to join Hitler Youth.
This disrupted Church’s practices andmade some Hitler’s Youth members go to Jewish schools and harass the studentsand teachers by screaming “we want to see your blood” at them. Those are twoways Hitler’s Youth harassed other groups in Germany. A lot of Hitler’s Youth membersjoined the German Military after they turned 18 and left Hitler’s Youth. Therewere many reasons that people joined the war. According to “Hitler’s BoySoldiers 1999” Hitler forced Hitler’s Youth members that turned 18 to join thewar after Hitler’s Youth was over. This was bad for other countries because itallowed the Germans to keep fighting, because it allowed there army to growbigger and bigger. Hitler’s Youth also put kids in danger because they had togo through intense Military training from the ages 10-18.
This was bad becausethey made kids test new explosives and put together guns and assemble helmetsand chest plates. They also made the girls go to war from 15 years old and upto heal wounded soldiers. Those were the ways Hitler’s Youth provided for theMilitary. Hitler’s Youth members were brainwashed by the Nazi’s and believed that Germans were the master race. Accordingto Ushmm.
com Hitler forced children and school officials to become Nazi’s andforced them to “Hail Hitler”. This made young children believe what Hitler didand said was right because it was the only thing they knew because Hitler gotrid of everything else. Members that went through Hitler’s Youth Kept fightingeven after the war ended. They did this because Hitler brain washed them andthey believed that he was right and that Germans were the master race so theyalso attacked Jews. “Also alliedoccupation authorities required young Germans to undergo a “de-Nazification”process and training in democracy designed to counter the effects of twelveyears of Nazi propaganda,” according to Ushmm.
com. They had to go through theseprograms because of Hitler. As of a result of Hitler’s Youth many people had tospend years to reverse the effects of the Nazi’s. Hitler’s Youth effected many peopleduring and after WW2. It effected the families of the participants, Jewishfamilies, the communities, and effected schools and youth groups that weren’tNazi’s.
However, it didn’t stop families from trying to stay away from Hitlerand the Nazi party, it didn’t stop youth groups from holding secret meeting andrunning their program underground, and it didn’t stop religious groups frompracticing their beliefs. Anne Frank said, “If we bear all this suffering andif there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of beingdoomed, will be held up as an example.” This relates to the topic because ifthey all tried to keep a normal life and resist joining the Nazi’s Party thenthey would be held up as an example.
Just maybe if the citizens of Germanyrealized how bad Hitler was, before he passed laws that made it impossible toget him out of office, they could have got him out before he did anything bad.