German people, German
parents! The new Germany created by our people's chancellor Adolf
Hitler places special demands on the German youth. The German
youth are a foundation of the rebuilding of the German people
and the German fatherland. The people and the fatherland place
their hands on the shoulders of the youth and determine what educational
and cultural values and goals are necessary for this youth to
meet the needs of people and fatherland. This requires a truly
national and social education for the German youth, and all involved
in education has to serve these educational and cultural goals
with their full energy. Parents and teachers above all!
All those involved in
education must have a clear and unified idea of the educational
tasks before them. The four iron pillars of the national school
and educational system are: race, military training, leadership,
National Socialist education
is an education in the thinking of the German people, in understanding
German traditions, in awakening the pure, uncorrupted and honest
people's consciousness, their sense of belonging to the people.
Only a pure member of the German race can have such an understanding
of his people, crowning it with the willingness to sacrifice all
for the people. He must know that without his people he is a miserable
nothing, and that it is better if he himself die than that his
people and fatherland perish! He who thinks that National Socialist
education has as its goal a kind of hyperpatriotism has not understood
it. Something entirely different is intended. Something should
be awakened in the soul of young Germans that will fill their
hearts and whole being until their souls can no longer restrain
the overflowing, until a powerful and jubilant "Hail Germany"
springs from their lips! That call itself is not the first or
most significant goal: rather it is its foundation in the soul,
a foundation that jubilantly, freely, confidently, cheerfully
and passionately expresses itself. It is the holy sense of people
and fatherland! Awakening this in the German youth requires that
they have a clear understanding of the value of people and fatherland.
They must realize that the German people has a right to independence
and freedom, honor and power. They must learn that it has a right
to its own fate among the peoples of the earth, and it must gain
with the other peoples the place in the sun that belongs to it.
It must do this not through force, rather because the German people
is a noble nation that has created values for the entire world
that no other people was capable of. We want to awaken in the
German youth this free, righteous and noble national pride so
that at the thought of Germany's past, present and future their
hearts will pound and their eyes will gleam. That is the first
foundation of National Socialist education.
It is clear that the
German youth must be resolved to defend their fatherland with
their lives. Despite all the nonsense about promises and disarmament,
Germany is surrounded by weapons. The German youth must learn
military virtues. Their bodies must be steeled, made hard and
strong, so that the youth may become capable soldiers who are
healthy, strong, trained, energetic and able to bear hardships.
Gymnastics, games, sports, hiking, swimming, and military exercises
must all be learned by the youth. Our youth should not sit in
stuffy rooms and develop crooked backs and weak eyes. Alongside
the basic and truly important education of the mind, they should
develop healthy bodies by being outdoors. The idea of the healthy
and strong German should not be mere empty talk. Parents can help
here. They will train our youth in simplicity and cleanliness.
They will train them, even when they are older, not to waste their
spare time by dubious or even harmful activities such as card
playing, drinking alcohol and bad music, rather to prepare their
bodies for their future tasks.
A youth being trained
for such important national duties must accept the idea of following
the Führer absolutely and without question, without unhealthy
carping criticism, without selfishness or opposition. They must
learn to obey so that they, having themselves, having learned
to obey, can believe in and trust their own leadership and can
grow to be leaders themselves. Only he who has learned to obey
can lead. Germany no longer believes that the masses can lead
themselves by majority rule! The masses themselves are nothing!
We need not a people ruled by majority votes, but a people with
the will to leadership. The German youth must learn that and act
accordingly! Thus the German youth belongs in organizations where
they will learn the nature of leadership in its most noble form,
where they can learn to obey and—if they are called to it—also
learn to lead. They will not bend to an empty mass will expressed
through useless votes, rather look with enthusiasm to the nation's
strong and noble Führer. They must learn that once again.
We parents want to exhibit such authority to our youth by strengthening
family authority and establishing in our homes a healthy and natural
obedience on the part of our children. This will not suppress
the youth, rather provide them the controlled freedom and authority
they need to develop their abilities.
Life comes from God and
returns to God. All life and all races follow God's ordinances.
No people and no race can ignore them. We want the German youth
to again recognize the religious nature of life. They must realize
that God wants the individual as well as the whole people, and
that they lose contact with life when they lose contact with God!
God and nation are the two foundations of the life of the individual
and the community. We want no shallow and superficial piety, rather
a deep faith that God guides the world, that he controls it, and
a consciousness of the relationship between God and each individual,
and between God and the live of the people and the fatherland.
The National Socialist state will promote such a deeply religious
educational system. We want parents to support and strengthen
this by honesty and by good example.
Race, military training,
leadership, religion! These are the four unshakable foundations
of the new German National Socialist education!
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