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Hitler Youth

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  7 reviews

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. Determining that by age ten children's minds could be turned from play to politics, the regime inducted nearly all German juveniles between the ages of ten and eighte

Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 12th 2006 by Harvard University Press (first published 2004)
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morning Os
This is a typical European history writing in that it is short of addressing the "so what?" question. I do not find the question he poses, "Were those who joined the HJ legally responsible for what they did?" particularly interesting. (The answer is pretty obvious from the beginning.) It is rich in details based on memoirs recently written by survivors, however. If you are interested in this particular German historical issue and the experiences of German youth during the war, it is an interesti ...more
I haven't looked at the other reviews yet, but this one seemed to be rated pretty low. I'm not sure why. Kater is a very good historian and I like his writing style quite a bit. He examines the origin of the youth organizations in Germany and in surrounding parts of Europe and makes connections between an earlier rebellion against modernity to the volkish, heavily charged nationalism that would result in a framework for the Hitler Youth for the NSDAP. I found particularly interesting his examina ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Karly rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Many interesting historical facts, but lacked some of the depth in the story-telling which would have helped the reader be able to perhaps draw some conclusion about a reasons why so many young people readily signed up in service to Hitler.
I actually really liked this book in some ways, but was confused by some of the conclusions Kater seems to want to come to. The thesis is allegedly wrapped up the dicey questions of complicity among the "average" Germans under the Third Reich. This sort of discussion is wrought with problems at the outset, and Kater avoids a real examination for the most part. It is, though, a highly readable and thorough history of one of the weirdest, most disturbing aspects of Hitler's regime.
Good book if you are looking for in-depth background information on the Hitler Youth, but I find it hard to believe that a person even finds himself questioning whether the children of Germany during WWII should bear a portion of the guilt for the atrocities committed by the leaders of the Third Reich. Clearly, the answer is no. All that being said, I did find the necessary dates and locations that I needed, so I'm grateful for the thorough research that the author did.
Jared Fontaine
Very good book on the Hitler Youth and the socialization of the young people in Germany. Really enjoyed..
Jul 29, 2011 Karen added it
Very comprehensive and enlightening.
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