In Alfons’Heck’s chilling autobiography, A Child of Hitler, he opens for the reader a unique look into the inner workings of the Nazi regime, not as a mere bystander but as a product of the dictatorship itself.
The book begins where most historical accounts of the Third Reich do.It begins with the conditions that existed in Germany after World War I, which allowed for Adolph Hitler to assume a vast amount of power at the time. While these conditions are well documented, Heck’s version addsfirst hand emotional experience to it by delicately interweaving emotion into the events as they occurred.
These insights, although narrowed in scope primarily to the impact of just one individual and his family, show how fanaticism which followed Hitler laid much more heavily in the country’s youth rather than its adult population. These were the individuals most influenced by Hitler’s propaganda and therefore became his greatest asset. Hitler was able to further refine this tool, by using strong discipline instilled as a result of strict military training within the Hitler Youth.
>From the book, it becomes evident that it was the Hitler Youth who were Adolph Hitler’s greatest followers, while the adults within this time period were much more skeptical and less inclined to follow their Furher’s orders blindly.
This was something Adolph Hitler was acutely aware of and as a result he was able to refine and booster this fanaticism with the inclusion of the Hitler Youth into Nazi party events as well as special mention during many of his speeches.
The book emphasizes that the fanaticism which grew around Adolph Hitler, was masterfully cultivated by Adolph Hitler himself and cunningly deployed upon the children of Germany who were unable to see the bigger picture at hand. The Nazi propaganda exploited a child’s ignorance in the ways of the world while only having a limited effect on the adults during this time period. He prayed upon the uni…