Teens pushed immediately into a world of turmoil.
Working class adolescents were defined as a problem requiring public action.
They were seen as a problem due to the increase of what older German people considered “rebellious”
As Germany entered a Golden Age, Jazz music and swinging became popular which the older generation deemed immoral and responsible for the ‘decay’ of their country
Young people born during 1900-1910 (Germany’s baby boom) suffered the effects of unemployment during 1925-1929 because this coincided with hyperinflation and later, the economic depression.
To counter this, young people began to join gangs for comradery and support.
Violence, vandalism and willingness to break the law were not uncommon
Political appeal to youth also offered comradeship such as Nazi Party propaganda
Offered a sense of unification in a divided germany
Extracurricular activities–Sports, specifically, became a huge part of German culture.
Seeing an opportunity to reach out, political parties sought for the interest and loyalty of the young people, and youth groups were created to attract support.
The Hitler Youth was founded in the 1920s, and attracted more members to the National Socialist German Students League
German nationalism spread like a wildfire across all ages
The Weimar Republic gave German youth new social rights and a pledge of generous educational and welfare provision.
1922 Youth Welfare Law declared that every German child had the right to education.
German schools taught German-biased curriculum, and real-time issues were avoided in discussion, especially if it involved losses
Public social and welfare policies would, it was hoped, banish the spectre of delinquent and rebellious youth