How did the Hitler Youth become like a family? What would be a quote to go with that?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One way that the Hitler Youth resembled a "family" was that it shunned any outside belief system in favor of its own.

There was a clear "insider/ outsider" status when it came to the Hitler Youth.  Either someone was a part of it or they were outside of it.  The Hitler Youth did not take kindly to the outside world interfering in what they believed and how they lived.  In this respect, they could be seen as resembling a family.  They kept the ideas of the "outside world" apart from the way they lived.  Like a family, members of the Hitler Youth depended on total submission.  Alfons Heck felt that he “belonged to Adolf Hitler, body and soul.”  This helps to illustrate how the Hitler Youth was like a family.  It was comprised of people who "belonged" to one another because they "belonged" to Nazi teachings.  In its rejection of the outside world and its praising of its own values, the Hitler Youth could bear some resemblance to a family.

At the time of the Nazi rise to power, Bartoletti describes how Germany was not the best of places to live.  The nation consisted of a “weak, unstable government, high unemployment and widespread poverty.”  In some respects, the Hitler Youth provided a type of "family" to children who wished to escape this unstable outside world.  Kids who joined the Hitler Youth found stability and structure.  It was a family of similar, suffering people who wanted to belong to something.  Conformity was the glue that held the family together.  In this way, the Hitler Youth can be seen as a family for or of disenfranchised youth who sought acceptance by a social group.

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