Final Thoughts

This website has worked to show how Nazi propaganda influenced the Hitler youth during the Third Reich. The Hitler youth played a vital role in the Nazi regime because they were destined to be the next Nazi leaders. Hitler once said, “make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually the will believe it.” These lies were the basis of Hitler’s regime. These young boys would enter these youth groups and taught that Hitler was a great leader and that they should follow him with unwavering conviction. Hitler also said that “all propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.” The posters, movies, and songs that drew in these children did not reveal to them the harsh reality of what they were being groomed to do. The propaganda was very enticing. The children saw unity, friendship, and fun in these groups. However, instead it taught them to have callous unemotional feelings towards those that opposed Hitler, or anyone that was not seen as fit to be in the Third Reich. In the early years of the war Hitler was very successful in completing the goals he had promised to fulfill. Prior to the end of the war, Hitler claimed that “success is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong.” This quote seems to be his justification for the war, and the devastation he brought to those he victimized. The end of the war brought with it the death of not only Hitler, but also the death of the Nazi regime.

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