The Hitler Youth was the sole official youth organization of Nazi Germany. Think there's something unsettling about children dressed up in uniforms to celebrate and impress one of the most evil people who ever lived? These creepy Hitler Youth photos present an overview of a particularly disturbing element of Nazi Germany. In early iterations, beginning in 1922, children across the country were recruited into the Hitlerjugend (HJ) to be indoctrinated in Nazi ideology.When the Nazi Party took control of Germany in 1933, the HJ boasted more than two million members. Soon, the Reich outlawed all other youth organizations - including the Boy Scouts, on which the Hitlerjugend (HJ) was based. In December 1936, it became mandatory for all Aryan children to join and, in 1939, all German youths were automatically conscripted. If parents objected, the state threatened to take their children away. An estimated 10-20% of young German males avoided joining the HJ, but they were denied diplomas, university entry, and jobs. It certainly wasn't the worst part of Nazi Germany, but still, the whole ordeal was downright nuts.
Partially Paramilitary, It Was Germany's Sole Official Youth Organization
In early years, members were used to break up other youth groups associated with churches and religion as part of Nazi Germany's kirchenkampf ("church struggle") campaign.