“Pimpf” You Don’t Have a Chance!
Imagine you are a male born in Germany in the 1920s or 1930s and that you are attracted to the Hitlerjugend 1., the Hitler Youth Program. At ten years of age you become a Pimpf.2., the starting point of your Nazis journey that will ultimately lead you to a position in the Wehrmacht, the German military force or the Schutzstaffel (SS), the Protection Force. What a great time you will have, it is almost just like the Boy Scouts. You do a lot of camping, hiking, map reading, and fun things. When I worked in Germany my German supervisor, Herr Plato, told me that being in the Hitler Youth was one of the happiest times in his life. He followed the path and became an Army Officer; the path ended when he was captured at Normandy. There are a host of other benefits both tangible and intangible. Some of the tangible ones are you get to wear a uniform and have your own knife and you develop a strong sense of camaraderie with your peers. Some of the intangible ones are as you acheive puberty and raging hormones ravage your body you have a government approved outlet that aids in the expression of your rebellion against your authoritarian parents and teachers. What a great deal. For every up there is a down, for every Ying there is a Yang and there is a price you pay for membership. You don’t realize it yet but you have lost the power to engage in Critical Thinking. You don’t question authority, you don’t seek to document if what you are being told and read is true; you just blindly obey. If you do harbor such thoughts you keep them to yourself. This only comes later; perhaps as early as you see Germany in rubble towards the end of the war. After the war you can reflect. I am sure Pope Benedict XVI did; he was born in 1927 and was a member of the Hitler Youth.
- Spielvogel, Jackson. Hitler and Nazi Germany a History. Boston. Person. 162.
- Sax, Bejamin. Inside Hitler’s Germany. Lexington, MA. 1992. 303. das Jungvolk/Wolfsangel! odaldelta.net 310 X 408.