LUFTWAFFE OFFICER WITH HITLER YOUTH~UNUSED REAL PHOTO POSTCARD
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Up for auction from my personal collection is an increasingly scarce original rare photograph postcard of a German Luftwaffe Officer with a group of teenage Hitler Youth in full uniform (usually ages 14 to 18 which is evident in this image) . The detail in this photograph is fantastic. Some of the youth appear to be taking their lot very seriously and others are typical teenage boys poking fun at each other while the photographer captures the image. All of the boys appear to have suitcases. One teenage boy dwarfs the German Officer that he stands next to. The photograph postcard measures approximately 5 ½” x 3 ½” and is in very good condition with the exception of some foxing on the reverse.
The HJ (or Hitlerjugend) were viewed as future "Aryan supermen" and were indoctrinated in anti-Semitism. One aim was to instill the motivation that would enable HJ members, as soldiers, to fight faithfully for the Third Reich. The HJ put more emphasis on physical and military training than on academic study.
After the boy scout movement was banned through German-controlled countries, the HJ appropriated many of its activities, though changed in content and intention. For example, many HJ activities closel... read more