Many young people were attracted to the Nazi youth movements by the leisure opportunities offered and there were no alternatives. All other youth organisations had been either absorbed or made illegal. ven so only half of all boys were members and only 15% of girls.
In 1939 membership of a Nazi youth movement was compulsory but by this time the youth movements were going through a crisis. Many of the leaders had been drafted into the army and they were now run by older teenagers.
As the war progressed, the activities of the organisations focused increasingly on the war effort and military drill. The popularity for these movements declined and anti-Hitler movements began to appear.
The Swing Movement:
This was made of middle-class teens who went to parties and listened to English and…