Using contempory footage and commentary from Henry Metelmann, a working class boy, the rise of the Hitler Youth movement is outlined and the reasons why it was an important form of control for the Nazis is explored. Some of the concerns that older generations had about the ability of the Nazis to influence the young are highlighted, as are reasons why it was so appealing to youngsters like Henry.
Students could be asked to describe the many methods the Nazis used to appeal to young people. This clip could be used as an advertisement for the Hitler Youth with students being asked to write a commentary to go with it. The clip also provides scope to discuss why the Hitler Youth Movement would have been particularly appealing to working class boys like Henry.