History lesson: Hitler Youth for boys and the League of German Girls were Nazi youth groups started in Germany in 1922. They started as groups for young people to gather for recreation. By January of 1933, they were 100,000 strong. By the end of 1933, there were more than 2,000,000 or 30% of youths ages 10 – 18. Peer pressure and coercion were great incentives for this growth. By 1937, they grew to over 5.400,000 (65%) and by 1940 7.200,000 (82%) of the young people of Germany. There was a great effort to get German youth under the NAZI regime. The Jewish children had their own groups.
The plan was to indoctrinate young people to the NAZI ideology. This was part of a process to Nazify Germany society. The aim of the process was to dismantle existing social structures and traditions, i.e., family and religion. The idea was to impose conformity, the same uniforms, the same songs, the same activities. They dominated the lives of the youth with significant time commitments, meetings and events. School, church, and family were not priorities. This weakened the influence of parents, religious figures and voices of authority, except the Nazi party. The youth were even encouraged to report any activities not sanctioned by the “ideology” of the party!
The Hitler Youth were in charge, not the parents. All political affiliation of youth was either incorporated in the group or suppressed. This coordination of adopting one ideology was all encompassing. When some resisted, it was decreed a requirement to join and punishment for those who failed to comply.
This was the “New World.” The “Peoples’ Community.” The idea was to teach youth to be both racially conscious and physically fit in order to build a new Germany. These youth were paramilitary trained to be the future fighters for the NAZI cause. (Today, they are taught to protest and rage against their parents, their country and their fellow humans for what they are told is “democracy” but is really the same Marxist ideology of supremacy.)
Why the history lesson? Because we are today experiencing this very phenomenon in the U.S. Our children are being indoctrinated to ignore their parents and to only listen to the government propaganda from their teachers. Their teachers encourage the youth to turn their backs on religion and tradition. The children are given the option to change their biological gender and others are forced to play along, using pronouns of they/them. Parents aren’t advised as to what their children are being taught. The real history of our country is being rewritten with Marxist agendas in mind. The state decides that our children can have reconstructive surgery for “gender alignment” without parental involvement. These children who, in the words of the department of education, are physiologically incapable of learning reading, writing, and arithmetic, are now somehow able to decide to change their gender. To be an adult, in essence. To turn away from their parents and family. To hate their country. To mindlessly march in “lockstep” to the mantra of the state. Sound familiar?
So, what have we learned from history? Obviously, nothing!
In the words of Winston Churchill, who paraphrased Santayana, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it!!” He should know!
The following is adapted from a talk delivered on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner on June 30, 2023, during a Hillsdale College educational cruise from Istanbul to Athens. Hillsdale is often called a conservative college, and in an important sense it is, although it is not a label we regard as fundamental. The word “conservative”