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As the Allies stepped up their bombing campaign the Nazis began evacuating children from threatened cities into Hitler Youth KLV Kinderlandverschickung camps located mainly in the rural regions of East Prussia the Warthegau section of Poland Upper Silesia and Slovakia From 1940 to 1945 over 28 million German children were sent to these camps There were separate KLV camps for boys and girls About 5000 camps were eventually in operation varying greatly in sizes from the smallest which had 18 children to the largest which held 1200 Each camp was run by a Nazi approved teacher and a Hitler Youth squad leader The camps replaced big city grammar schools most of which were closed due to the bombing Reluctant parents were forced to send their children away to the camps Life inside the boys camp was harsh featuring a dreary routine of roll calls para-military field exercises hikes marches recitation of Nazi slogans and propaganda along with endless singing of Hitler Youth songs and Nazi anthems School work was neglected while supreme emphasis was placed on the boys learning to automatically snap-to attention at any time of the day or night and to obey all orders unconditionally without any if or buts Isolated in these camps and without any counter-balancing influences from a home life the boys descended into a primitive survival of the fittest mentality Weakness was despised Civilized notions of generosity and sympathy for those in need faded Rigid pecking orders arose in which the youngest and most vulnerable boys were bullied humiliated and otherwise made to suffer including sexual abuse Quotes and Sayings Jungvolk Oath taken by ten-year-old boys on first entering the Hitler Youth In the presence of this blood banner which represents our Fhrer I swear to devote all my energies and my strength to the saviour of our country Adolf Hitler I am willing and ready to give up my life for him so help
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