Above – Hitler Youths perform
in the Hour of Commemoration in front of the town hall in Tomaszow, occupied Poland in
1941. Their flags bear the ancient Germanic Sig-Rune 'S' symbolic of
"My program for educating youth is hard.
Weakness must be hammered away. In my castles of the Teutonic Order a youth
will grow up before which the world will tremble. I want a brutal, domineering,
fearless, cruel youth. Youth must be all that. It must bear pain. There
must be nothing weak and gentle about it. The free, splendid beast of prey
must once again flash from its eyes...That is how I will eradicate thousands
of years of human domestication...That is how I will create the New Order."
– Adolf Hitler, 1933.
Related Audio Clips
Youth Anthem excerpt
The Fahnenlied (Banner Song) written by
Hitler Youth Leader Baldur von Schirach, is sung here by Berlin Hitler
Youth members, ending with the final refrain...
Unsere Fahne flattert uns voran
(Our banner flutters before us)
Unsere Fahne ist die neue Zeit
(Our banner represents the new era)
Und die Fahne führt uns in die Ewigkeit!
(And our banner leads us to eternity!)
Ja, die Fahne ist mehr als der Tod
(Yes, our banner means more to us than death)
Hitler speaks to top Nazi leaders about his Youth at the 1934 Nuremberg rally.
Translation: "It is our wish and will that this State
and this Reich shall endure in the millenniums to come. We can be happy
in the knowledge that this future belongs to us completely. (Applause)
While the older generation could still waver, the younger generation has
pledged itself to us and is ours, body and soul!" (Applause with shouts of "Hail Victory")
Schirach introduces the Führer to Hitler Youths assembled at the 1934 Nuremberg rally.
Translation: "At your command, my Führer, stands
here a youth – a youth that does not know class and caste. Behind you,
follows the young generation of our people. Because you are the greatest
example of unselfishness in this nation, this young generation wants to
be unselfish too. Because you embody the concept of fidelity for us, we
want to be faithful too. Adolf Hitler the leader of the German youth and
people." (Applause with shouts of "Hail")
Hitler then speaks to his Youths at the rally.
Translation: "We do not want this nation to become
soft. Instead, it should be hard and you will have to harden yourselves
while you are young. You must learn to accept deprivations without ever
giving in. Regardless of whatever we create and do, we shall pass away,
but in you, Germany will live on. And when nothing is left of us you will
have to hold up the banner which some time ago we raised from nothing.
(Applause) And I know it cannot be otherwise, because you are flesh of our
flesh, blood of our blood, and your young minds are filled with the same
will that dominates us. (Applause) You cannot be but united with us. And
when the great columns of our movement march victoriously through Germany
today I know that you will join these columns. And we know (Applause) that
Germany is before us, within us, and behind us."
On another occasion, Hitler exhorts his Youth to be tough.
Translation: "In our eyes, the German boy of the future
must be slim and slender, as fast as a greyhound, tough as leather and
hard as Krupp steel."
Schirach at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials (1946)
Translation: "I bear the guilt for having trained the
young for a man who murdered millions. I believed in that man. That is
all I can say in my defense."
The History Place - Hitler Youth: Chapter 1 - Beginnings to 1923
See also: The History Place - Adolf Hitler (62 chapters)
Part I - The Rise of Adolf Hitler
Part II - The Triumph of Hitler
Part III - The Defeat of Hitler
See also: The History Place - Personal Histories
From Hitler Youth to U.S. Air Force - Personal History of Hubert Schmidt
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