Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hitler's Children

Disturbing German-made documentary about the Hitlerjugend and related youth organizations of the time.  Two interesting items:

1. Repeated reference to how National Socialists denigrated class and parental status.  It did not matter if you lived in an apartment or a mansion:"you were all equal in their eyes.

2. The importance of propagandizing so young that by adulthood, they were so fanatical in defense of Hitler when the Red Army reached Berlin, that the Wehrmacht was almost prevented from surrendering.

If you recognize this going on today, this is why I teach.  If I taught for the money, it would mean that I was bad at arithmetic.

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