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Changing life in Germany

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How did Nazi economic and social policy affect life in Germany?

The treatment of young people

The Hitler Youth Movement

The young people of Germany were important to the Nazis if they wanted the Third Reich to last for a thousand years. As was the case with the adults, the Nazis wanted to control the young people’s leisure time.

  • 1925 – The Hitler Youth Movement established
  • 1932 – Membership: 108,000
  • 1936 – Hitler Youth Act passed, giving the movement the same status as the home and the school. It was difficult to avoid being a member of the Hitler Youth Movement. Parents would not be able to get a promotion at work unless their children were members.
  • 1939 – Membership: 8 million

Activities of the Hitler Youth Movement

Boys

  • Military skills
  • Shooting
  • Map reading (preparing to be future members of the armed forces)

Girls

  • Mothers
  • Nothing academic

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