sources will give you an insight into the lives of young people in Nazi
of them will amaze you!
to do with heredity/ genes.
children are important
an opponent declares, `I will not come over to your side,' I calmly say,
`Your child belongs to us already.. . . What are you ? You will pass on.
Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a
short time they will know nothing else but this new community.
speaking in the 1920s.
from the Jungmadel BdN cheer Hitler. Girls were always given
the front rows in Nazis parades and rallies because they became hysterical
and added to the atmosphere of fervour and adulation.
we want our children to be...
My system of education is a harsh
one. The world will shrink in fear from the youngsters who
grow up in my Ordensburgen. A violent, masterful, dauntless,
cruel younger generation - that is my aim. There must be
nothing weak and tender about it. Its eyes must glow once more
with the freedom and splendour of the beast of prey.
speaking in the 1930s
how we make them like that
When an instructor blows a whistle, we have to start
building dug-outs. There are about a dozen of us, each with a
spade. And we all start to dig like lunatics.
Because in front of
us are ten Benz armoured cars waiting, their engines slowly ticking over.
We have twenty
minutes to dig the hole which will shelter us. Which will save
our lives. It's every man for himself. We aren't
comrades any more ...
Never mind, I must dig and dig and dig.
I can hear an engine revving up. It is a
sinister and menacing sound. This is it. They're
moving off, advancing, straight ahead. The drivers have been
ordered to take no notice of anybody clumsy or foolish enough to get in
the way. They thunder towards our dug-outs.
With wild shouts the boys jump into the holes they have
dug, burrowing into the earth, burying their faces against the damp clay.
In front of me, like some monster in a nightmare, the
Benz lumbers forward, its engine roaring.
It's getting bigger and bigger,
and bigger still...
Of course, some of our chaps are
killed. But none are cowards.
Thus do we learn courage - at the
risk of our lives.
marked out to be future Party Leaders were sent to special training camps
called Ordensburgen. This description of the kind of
thing they did is from P Neumann, Other
Men's Graves (1958).
find the words: 'of course...' the most amazing thing about this amazing
were conditioned (brainwashed) into Nazi beliefs from an early
age. Here, a story book for small children stereotypes a Jew
as a degenerate pervert. Anti-Semitism came easily and
naturally to children who had been brought up looking at this kind of
Germany ready for war
All subjects - German language,
History, Geography, Chemistry and Mathematics - must concentrate on
military subjects, the glorification of military service and of German
heroes and leaders and the strength of a rebuilt Germany. Chemistry will
develop a knowledge of chemical warfare, explosives, etc, while
Mathematics will help the young to understand artillery, calculations,
Nazis also used teaching in the schools to brainwash children.
Here, a German newspaper (controlled by the Nazis) describes the school
curriculum in 1939.
Klauss got back from school at
he bullied me into helping him with his homework ... Here is a
maths problem picked out at random: ‘A plane on take off carries 12
bombs, each weighing ten kilos. The aircraft makes for
, the centre of international Jewry. It bombs the
town. On take off with all bombs on board and a fuel tank
containing 1500 kilos of fuel the aircraft weighed 8 tonnes.
When it returned from the crusade, there were still 230 kilos of fuel
left. What is the weight of the aircraft when empty?’
German father describes a question his child had to answer at
school. It is clearly designed to inculcate the Nazi
principles of militarism and anti-Semitism as the child works, ostensibly,
on his Maths.
construction of a lunatic asylum costs 6 million marks. How
many houses at 15,000 marks each could have been built for that amount?
a school Maths textbook from Germany in the late 1930s.
to be parents
have been deliberately taken away from parents who refused to say they
believed in Nazism... Refusing to let your child join the
Hitler Youth is regarded as an adequate reason to take the children away
from their parents.
by a schoolteacher in 1938.
`Tell me, Fraulein Liselotte, if I may
call you Liselotte, you seem so charming, and kind. What happens
here? I mean, in general. Naturally, I'm not just talking
about the genetic part of it, but . . .'
`But you're dying to know how we all go
to bed together according to Nazi rules?' she broke in, smiling again.
I was rather
embarrassed. I must have blushed.
'That isn't quite
what I meant. I want to know the routine here.'
She became more
`All I can tell you
is that we live in dormitories of six or twelve beds.The girls who are ... chosen, are moved to another section, which
deals with the legal details of the partnership, and of course any births
which result from it. Because we must remember that that's what
we're all here for,' she ended quietly, looking away.
'A strange thing
for your country to ask you to do, don't you agree?'
girls, meanwhile, had to grow up and become the good mothers of strong,
violent Aryan boys. Suitable Aryan girls were taken away to
special camps, where they were married to perfect Aryan boys in a bid to
improve the genetic stock.
amazing passage is from P Neumann, Other
Men's Graves (1958).