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The Hitler Youth

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Product Details

  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Total-Content DVD
  • Release Date: March 7 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,868 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
valuable information Oct. 31 2006
By PJR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you want information on the Hitler Youth, this DVD is terrific. There is lots of footage that I have never seen before, and I have followed the matter of Nazi propaganda and indoctrination for a very long time. Mostly there is footage of mass rallies and marches, and to some that might seem familiar and boring, but there is enough variation in the footage that it does vividly recreate a remarkable era and add useful detail and depth to the general picture. There is enough footage of the manipulation of young people's desires for fellowship and fun to round it out.

The narration goes into considerable detail about the organization/manipulation of the Hitler Youth. Again, some may find this boring but if you want information then it is valuable. I think it is important to understand that the Germans were not indoctrinated simply because Hitler was a hypnotic speaker, but the Nazi's were very well organized and played on previously existing cultural values.

This DVD gives a good impression of how German youth were manipulated by a shrewd and effective understanding of the "herd mentality." I doubt that one who has followed this issue will have to work very hard to see this.

Yes the DVD is correct that the organizational structure and enthusiasm sort of died with the defeat of Germany. But in a way I agree with another reviewer who was critical of this claim that the Hitler Youth was not disbanded in any formal way but merely faded away. There was a resistance movement in Germany that the Allies tried to keep quiet for psychological reasons. [Some of this is only coming out now to explain to people who are worried about the resistance in Iraq that the victory in Germany was not so clean as we had been taught.] And it was more difficult to remove Nazi thinking from the German system of education than the Allies expected. We still have a lot of details to understand about such things. Probably former Hitler Youth were involved in various forms of resistance to occupation. But how much HY organizational structures were kept intact underground is not clear to me at least. I am not sure the story is well enough understood to be ready for for a documentary. So I do not fault the DVD for not going into this.

To complement this documentary DVD about the indoctrination of German society see Nazi Medicine, Cross and Star, and Architecture of Doom.

For fictional dramas involving HY a couple of my favorites are Swing Kids and Europa Europa. Some scenes in Cabaret are to the point. Some that can be googled, I have not seen.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Children bent to brutality Dec 14 2008
By E. Preston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an excellent overview of the creation and
impact of the Hitler Youth. It provides great information
for teachers of world history or American history.
The testimony of the participants and the historical
footage are very well interwoven.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent content, faulty disc Oct. 30 2011
By chcjrbone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I own many World War 2 documentaries, and this one is one of the best for two reasons. First, it is filled with relevant information regarding the formation, leadership and activities of the Hitler Youth. Second, the film clips directly support the points the narrator is making. And these are film clips that you don't see in every WW2 documentary.

However, I can only comment on the first 48 minutes of the documentary. At that point, my DVD player could no longer read the disc. That's why I'm giving it only four stars instead of five. I wonder what the documentary said in its last 12 minutes. . . .
Informative ! Aug. 24 2013
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Having seen this before and going to buy this later i feel i can review this ! Hitler Youth tells us how they begin and how they being young where brainwashed by the corrupted leaders and was taught to be violant to the point of follow Hitler blindlly ! Some of the other reviewers claim they never wer disolved except it was 1945 and that was Germanys job not ours ! I would suggest to them to not blame US first for everything ! If your collecting WW2 documentarys this would be a good addition !
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HITLER YOUTH Nov. 3 2009
By Marilyn A. Courchaine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase