In schools, the development of Intellectual ability was replaced with practical skills and fitness. Textbooks were written to reflect Nazi ideology and the teaching profession was brought under close Nazi control. In higher education, pure research and traditional subjects went into the sharp decline, while new subjects, such as racial studies, were introduced to uphold Nazi concepts. Informal education was also controlled. Some popular youth organizations such as the Boy Scouts, were banned and the party took over others. The raison d'être for those groups that survived was to produce young men and women who were 'educated physically, mentally and morally in the spirit of National Socialism, to serve the nation and the racial community'. Boys aged 14 to 18, for example, could joined the Hitler Youth, which offered a mixture of outdoor activities, physical fitness and careful indoctrination, while the League of German Maidens focused on directing girls to become good wives and mothers. Both sexes were lectured in their responsibility to provide a future generation of 'strong Germans ready to serve the Reich'. Some, it seems, lost little time in fulfilling their duty for in 1936, when members of the Hitler Youth and League of German Maidens gathered together at the annual NSDAP rally in Nuremberg, 900 girls returned home pregnant. Many parents were horrified by put the Nazi organizations turned their children into.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
900 girls returned home pregnant
From The Battle of the Tanks: Kursk, 1943 by Lloyd Clark, page 16.