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Was Henry Metelmann a typical young Nazi?

MetelmannThis enquiry uses the personal story of the amazing Henry Metelmann to investigate Nazi policies towards the young. Henry moved to Britain after the war where he worked as a gardener at Charterhouse School and volunteered as a peace campaigner.

However, as a youngster he was fascinated by the Hitler Youth, soaked up the Nazi propaganda he was fed in school and went on the fight as a loyal Nazi against the Soviets on the Eastern Front.

This investigation looks to see if Henry is typical. Were all German youngsters as enthusiastic as Henry was about the Nazis? It cleverly looks at different purposes behind Nazi policies towards the young.

Your class will use a video clip and other source material to think hard about this question, before writing a detailed answer.

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