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Hitler Youth uniform

Hitler Youth summer uniform jacket with an armband and insignia designating the regiment and district to which the member belonged.  

Beginning in 1933, the Hitler Youth and its organization for girls and young women, the League of German Girls, played an important role the new Nazi regime. Through these organizations, the Nazi regime indoctrinated young people with Nazi ideology, including antisemitism and racism. All prospective members of the Hitler Youth had to be "Aryans" and "genetically healthy." Their duty was to serve Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Hitler Youth boys and girls were required to wear military-style uniforms, in keeping with the "soldierly" character of the Nazi Party, and conform to certain standards of behavior. Uniforms such as this one emphasized the regimented nature of the Hitler Youth. 

US Army soldier Arthur R. Myers obtained this uniform during his military service in World War II.  


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  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, gift of Robert Palmer
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Hitler Youth jacket with insignia and armband

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