How Successful Were the Nazi’s in Carrying Out the Aims of Their Policies Towards Education and Youth in the Years 1933-1944? Essay

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How successful were the Nazi’s in carrying out the aims of their policies towards education and youth in the years 1933-1944? The Nazi’s had a very clear ideology regarding education and youth. They wanted to create a new breed of not only highly dedicated national socialists but highly trained and skilled soldiers ready for war. The Nazi’s were very successful in carrying out these policies; they changed the whole education system to suit their own ideologies and forced the teachers to teach only approved subjects that were dedicated to the cause. Outside of school children and young people alike were joining Nazi youth groups which again promoted the need to create a new and more powerful race of German Nazi’s. Many young people became aware of Nazism at school. It was impossible to avoid, the schools were decorated with Nazi symbols and taught Nazi songs to encourage national loyalty. Their teachers were forced to join the National Socialist Teachers’ League by 1937 97% of them had become members. Those that the Nazis did not trust because of their political views were sacked. Lessons were to start and finish by giving the Nazi salute and saying ‘Heil Hitler!’ As well as preparing young people to be future soldiers of Nazi Germany, Hitler demanded that schools impose his racist and nationalist beliefs. Young people were not encouraged to think for themselves and make choices but to accept Nazi views and attitudes. The whole education system had been reversed. The Nazi’s had been successful in changing and impose their views on the young and vulnerable people. The Teachers were forced to re-plan their lessons to be about the Nazi beliefs. History was taught but only to show the positive side of the Nazi regime; Biology was used to promote the Nazi racial beliefs; Physics was used to teach the children to make weapons; and time given to P.E trebled. This is
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