How did the Nazi's rule affect young people in Nazi Germany?

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Education was an area where policies towards women were applied. The school curriculum was based around the idea that not many of them would go on to university. School staff was told to teach with that thought in mind so that they wouldn't teach them anything unnecessary, only things they would need to know in a German home. Crafts and skills were encouraged the most because it was what was needed in the role of a German woman. They knew that women were needed for some intellectual jobs and so needed to be educated so that they could be nurses and teachers but only certain girls would need to know this and it wasn't relevant to the majority of girls.

This is a timetable of a standard secondary school girl. It shows how limiting their education was. German women were only taught things that they "needed". There is a lot of racial studies and ideology in this timetable and it shows hoe the Nazi's used schools as a major source to put ideas of Nazi racial theories into their minds.

The girls learnt about their country every morning to give them a head start to the day ahead of them. They were not taught mathematics; the only maths they learnt was for measurements in cooking class. They were taught about Nazi ideas secretly in German class, History class and Race studies. The girls were being taught about how bad the Jews were, and were told horrible stories of how they have tried to take over Germany. The children then were told to go home and feed all this information to their parents and so it spread. The Nazi's had control over everything. There were hardly any protests from the staff in the schools about this matter. Teachers were punished if...