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Heil Hitler: Confessions of a Hitler Youth

DVD

30 minutes
Source: out of print

In this in-depth interview, Alfons Heck recalls how he became a high-ranking member of the Hitler Youth. He talks about the importance of peer pressure and propaganda to Hitler's ability to recruit eight million German children to participate in the "war effort," some as young as twelve participating in murder. The interview is supplemented by archival footage. 

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