Not a Chance for the Children
Like in my previous posts about Hitler covering all the bases in Germany, this post is about another specific population that Adolf Hitler successfully targeted; the children. The Nazis’ school curriculum consisted primary of physical education. Hitler’s plan was to have the German people be the strongest and fastest people. By doing this strategy, Hitler was building his army up. Along with this future army preparation, another part of Hitler’s genius ideas was taking place in having a heavy dose of physical education in the schools. This idea was teaching the kids to put the Fuhrer above all else. Students’ in the German state were losing their critical thinking skills which increased their likelihood to conform to the Nazi way. Along with that, many teachers were part of the Nazi party as well. The teaching that wasn’t physical consisted of teaching from National Socialist textbooks. The science classes were focused on Nazi ideology. Scholars Benjamin Sax and Dieter Kuntz state, “In National Socialist biology, the ‘science’ of race of and heredity, pupils were trained to measure human skulls and classify them according to racial types. Racial biology also became the foundation for the study of history. The Nazi understanding of world history viewed racial competition, the ‘life struggle’ of peoples, as the key to the main line of instruction” (305). The education in Germany was similar to the community in which the Germans lived. Both did not have chances to rebel or revolt against the order because Hitler covered all his bases on every opportunity possible to rebel against him. The youth were being fed Nazi ideology from birth and the citizens were being forced out if they did not assimilate. Hitler was truly forming one nation, one people, one Germany from youth to adulthood.
Sax, Benjamin C., and Dieter Kuntz. Inside Hitler’s Germany: A Documentary History of Life in the Third Reich. Lexington, Mass.: D.C. Heath, 1992.