Kater traces the history of the Hitler Youth, ..

Complete history of the Hitler Youth in 5 chapters along with photos, audio clips, ..

Children To A Degree: Growing Up Under The Third Reich

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  • Drawing on original reports, letters, diaries, and memoirs, Michael H. 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.

    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… 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 participated in the subjugation of foreign peoples and the obliteration of ‘racial aliens.’ Their story stands as a harsh reminder of the moral bankruptcy of regimes that make children complicit in crimes of the state.

  • Michael Kater’s new book traces the social and institutional history of the Hitler Youth. Yet, in keeping with Kater’s extensive scholarship on the Third Reich, offers more than a straightforward social history. Kater focuses on the collective experiences of the young people who made up the movement, paying particular attention to the dialectic of emancipation and subjection that characterized the group’s activities… The book’s most gripping sections detail the wartime activities of young people… Through thick description and a wealth of evidence, Kater gives his readers a multifaceted picture of the movement.

    An engaging study of the comradeship and feeling of belonging, sense of power and superiority imparted to Germany’s young boys and girls as they became ideologically charged paramilitary men and women ready to serve, to follow orders and to sacrifice for Adolf Hitler. Kater has crafted a masterful history essential to comprehending Germany through the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. This will be the definitive history of the Hitler Youth.

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