From Hitler Youth to Trump-DeSantis Kids

Ed Raymond

Hitler Youth swore they were ready to give up their lives for him – and they did

On Jan. 30, 1933, President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler of the Nationalist Socialist Party chancellor of Germany. The Nazis were one of 40 political parties representing factions in the country defeated in World War 1.

Hitler started the Hitler Youth program in 1926. Fourteen members were killed in fights with Communist youth organizations in 1926. In 1932 Hitler held a national rally of Hitler Youth in Potsdam, Germany, and 70,000 showed up.

By the end of 1933, he had the support of 2.3 million teenagers enthusiastically working for him. Millions more joined the Hitler youth aged 10 to 14 by Monday, April 20,1936, when Berlin celebrated his birthday. Boys were sworn into the Jungvolk (Young People) and the Jungmaidel (Young Maidens).
By 1939 and the beginning of Nazi blitzkriegs in Poland, he had eight million Hitler Youth supporting him.

Membership was voluntary, but only healthy boys and girls of proven Aryan descent were permitted to join. They had to prove their racial background and had to pass a written examination showing they believed in Nazi ideas about race and politics.

In facilities across the country on Hitler’s birthday, millions of boys and girls of the Hitler Youth program heard a speech by a Nazi leader, walked by a banner soaked in blood of a Nazi martyr, raised three fingers of his right hand and recited the oath: “In the presence of the Blood Banner which represents our Fuhrer, I swear to devote all my energies and my strength to the Savior of our country, Adolf Hitler. I am willing to give up my life for him, so help me God.”

Children begged parents to be good Nazis. Pope Benedict was a member, although the Roman Catholic Church was not a supporter of Hitler. Evidently his parents played the role of good Nazis.

Another National 'Socialist' who wants to convert children to his ideology

In November of 2019 Ron DeSantis was elected governor of Florida and has been consolidating power for more than three years, with the goal of becoming a viable presidential candidate in 2024.

To accomplish his goal he must out-Trump Trump to take over the MAGA cult. Trump formed Brownshirt storm troopers out of evangelical Christians, conservative Roman Catholics, White Nationalists, American Nazis, private militias and gullible parents of White children who look like the Aryans Hitler was recruiting for the Third Reich.

DeSantis was a member of the military as a Navy officer, as Hitler was a corporal in the German Army.

DeSantis served three terms in the U.S. House and was a member of the extreme right-wing Freedom Caucus. Hitler rose to lead the Nationalist Socialist Party and turned it into a group which would “purify” German society so it would last a thousand years for Aryans.

Hitler blamed 11 million European Jews, homosexuals, gypsies and mentally and physically handicapped for Germany’s problems. DeSantis is blaming Blacks, Browns and the LBGTQ+ community for America’s decline among empires.

Hitler killed six million Jews and started a world war that killed an estimated 60 million. DeSantis followed Trump’s lead in having the highest rate of COVID-19 deaths in the world by following his leader as an anti-vaxxer, anti-masker, anti-social distancer. He tried to maintain business-as-usual during a pandemic.

No doubt Floridians died because of DeSantis’ negative stands on vaccines and masks. But he is only 44 and he is already on a killing path. Hitler established himself as a killer when he was only 37.

This is how you teach a generation to kill millions of innocents

For the background of how Hitler turned children into killers I have used Susan Campbell Bartoletti’s book Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow. It is a picture and textbook of 175 pages based on her interviews with former members of the Hitler Youth.

We know now that race is only skin deep due to environmental forces, not the creation of some god. The Nazi Party considered the Aryan “race” to be the “master race.” Blond hair and blue eyes distinguished “pure” Aryans from other people (didn’t Hitler have black hair and brown eyes? Donald Trump is German and has blond hair and blue eyes. What does this portend?)

Hitler Youth were taught the Aryan race was superior to all other races. A Hitler Youth candidate had to have a document from their church registry certifying their Aryan background – and that they had no Jewish blood. Parents had to be members of the Nazi Party, had no Jewish friends and were not members of the Jehovah’s Witness faith.

Many parents joined the Nazi Party because their children wanted to be members of the Hitler Youth. If an Aryan married a Jew, their children could not join Hitler’s minions. Hitler made sure that members had more interesting experiences than the Boy and Girl Scouts do in the U.S.

Hitler Youth groups were usually led by 17 year olds because they exerted great pressure on the younger teens, more than parents could. At monthly meetings they sang songs, played games, learned slogans, listened to Nazi readings, listened to Nazi speeches by propaganda experts, all aimed at them being good little Nazis.

Nazis made sure each family with members had the official radio that could be turned only to Nazi-approved stations. No foreign stations allowed.

Hitler was not a good student but he knew education was important in molding children to be good Nazis. In assuming power in 1933, he immediately nationalized all public schools, burned all old textbooks and implemented new ones with Nazi-approved ideas. Every class was started with a “Heil Hitler!“

The Nazis knew what appealed to kids – uniforms, flags, bands, badges, weapons and stories about heroes, of which they had many. Weekends were spent hiking and camping throughout the country.

All Hitler Youth groups belonged to regiments like the regular army. A boy could rise from the lowest rank to lead a squad, platoon, company, battalion or even a regiment.

Hitler’s Brownshirts was created from Hitler Youth graduates. Girls could rise from being a simple maiden to lead a regiment of Jungmaidel (Young Maidens), who were later groomed to be productive mothers of the Aryan race. Their major task was to produce many soldiers for the dominate Third Reich.

DeSantis can’t win the presidential nomination unless he promotes a culture war

What is the Trumplican political platform in 2023? Low taxes, small government, local control (only when it when it doesn’t interfere with fascism!), pro-life and the religious freedom to stuff their religion down other people’s throats.

Those views are an anathema in a modern society, so Trumplicans have to fight the culture wars. The Florida Republican Legislature passed DeSantis’ Stop “Woke” Act. The law bans teaching of eight categories of historical concepts that point out “a person, by virtue his or her race, color, sex or national origin, bears personal responsibility for and must feel guilt, anguish or other forms of psychological distress because of actions, in which the person played no part, committed in the past by other members of the same race, color, national origin or sex.”

In short, schools and teachers can be fired or sued if they make big and little White darlings feel shame, remorse or responsibility for causing pain to the Black and Brown in history. Don’t study racial history between 1619 and 2023, such as the lynching, burning and killing of a Black pregnant woman whose baby was cut out and dropped into the fire beneath her.

That historical moment, viewed by thousands of Whites, might make White people feel bad. The law also banned Black authors and books too numerous to mention.

And critical race theory shouldn’t be taught to young, innocent Whites – even if it has never been taught in a K-12 public school in the Divided States of America.

Hitler Youth in the 1930s collected banned books and burned them in huge piles in many German cities.

I wonder where DeSantis will store banned books, films, videos, pictures and school textbooks that reviewed racial history. Maybe he will ship them North so conservatives can burn them in their fireplaces during cold days. Forty-four states have proposed bans on the teaching of divisive concepts – and 18 have passed them.

What do Trump, Hitler, DeSantis and Putin have in common? They will kill to retain power.

Trump chose Betsy Devos of Hillsdale College to head of his Department of Education because she had never stepped across a public school threshold for her education. Her goal was to close all public schools.

Hitler wanted cold-blooded killers for the “Final Solution.” DeSantis is a fascist White Supremacist who desires to complete his idea of a Third Reich. Putin is a mob killer who has recently established 43 prisons for Ukrainian children (some toddlers) in the Russian gulag where they will learn to love Mother Russia and hate their Ukrainian parents.

Former members of the Hitler Youth killed millions of Jews during WW II

A German division called the SS-HJ was composed of 20,540 teenagers and was deployed at Normandy beaches in April 1944, just prior to D-Day. After 12 weeks of fighting in France 8,626 were killed or wounded and the rest were captured by Allied forces.

Because by regulation they were too young to smoke, these Nazi soldiers were given candy instead of cigarettes in their daily rations. This division was known for killing 134 British and Canadian prisoners of war at Normandy.

As the regular German army captured cities and towns in Europe, SS units manned by former members of the Hitler Youth rounded up Jews, forced them to dig their own graves and machinegunned thousands to their deaths in a single day. At night they celebrated their killing by singing songs and getting drunk in barracks.

As the regular German Army was decimated as the Allies advance toward Berlin, about the only forces left were sick and wounded soldiers, old men and the Hitler Youth regiments. Hitler Youth manned anti-aircraft weapons and girls operated the searchlights. The teenagers fought in the streets, in the sewers, and at the bridges in a futile attempt to stop the Russians and the Allies.

Five thousand Hitler Youth were ordered to defend Berlin’s Picheldorf Bridge. After two days of fighting, 4,500 were killed or wounded. More than 125,000 Berliners were killed while thousands left the city. The Nazi radio system kept repeating that Hitler was killed as he led his army against the Allies. He actually committed suicide while hiding in a secret underground bunker. Maybe he had Trumpian bone spurs.

Putin travels around Russia in an armored train, so heavily armored that each car needs three sets of wheels instead of two. DeSantis recently held a political meeting in Tampa and asked the authorities in secret to ban weapons from the “conceal and carry” meeting. He didn’t want to personally ask because he has a 100% voting record with the National Rifle Association.

Will some psychiatrist explain why these four men became “cowards who kill?” If elected in 2024, Trump said he was going to use the guillotine to kill those on death row.

Heinrich Heine, a German-Jewish poet of the 19th Century, predicted: “Where one burns books, one will, in the end, burn people.”