Hitler was a hardcore believer in the saying “Children are the future.” In fact, he evencreated a youth group called the Hitler Youth to make sure Germany lived up that quote. He had a clear vision of how he expected German children to be.  In the late 1920s a small youth group was organized by Kurt Gruber and the Nazi Party.

They hoped it would attract boys who could be trained early to become Stormtroopers, but, like everything, the build up was slow. Fortunately for them, after Adolf Hitler came to power, membership quickly skyrocketed. In 1933 Hitler declared that attendance by all youths was mandatory, unless you paid a large fine, but after 1936 that loophole was terminated. By then the Hitler Youth Membership went from 100,000 to 8 million. Boys and Girls had separate organizations, because while the boys were training for future military service, the girls were training for motherhood. The Hitler Youth boys served from ages 6 to 18, and the girls served from 10 to 21.

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The boys starting at six years old joined the Pimfp, or the Little Fellow. At the age of ten, they transferred to the Deutsches Jungvolk, or German Young People. When they turned thirteen they moved to the Hitler Jugend, or the hitler Youth, until they became 18. Some of the boys military athletics were marching, bayonet drilling, grenade throwing, trench digging, map reading, gas defense, and pistol shooting.The girls of Hitler Youth had to be able to run 60 metres in 15 seconds, throw a ball 12 metres, complete a 2 hour march, swim 100 metres, and know how to make a bed. They started their “journey” at the age of 10, where they joined the Jungmadelbund (League of Young Girls) until they were fourteen.

At fourteen they were transferred to the Bund Deutscher Madel (League of German Girls) until they turned 21, where they were expected to become mothers shortly after their Hitler Youth experience. Some of the boy’s training was cut short due the second World War. In fact, many underaged boys from the Hitler Youth helped defend Berlin, unfortunately most of them died trying. Not only would the Nazi government send children to war, but they also used them as “cheap” labor.

Sometimes the League of German Girls were sent to help harvest crops, where they would stay there all week, working eight hours a day.The Hitler Youth was a terrible organization. Luckily, after Nazi Germany had been defeated in World War II, it was shut down by the Allied Control Council on October 10th, 1945.