|National Youth Leader
Standard for the Reichsjugendführer
|Member of||Hitler Youth|
|Appointer||Führer of the NSDAP|
|First holder||Baldur von Schirach|
|Final holder||Artur Axmann|
Reichsjugendführer ("National Youth Leader") was the highest paramilitary rank of the Hitler Youth. It was held first by Baldur von Schirach and later by Artur Axmann. Originally, there was no insignia for the rank, and Schirach can be seen in contemporary photographs wearing a Nazi Party brown tunic with a Hitler Youth armband. However, Axmann later adopted an insignia similar to that of Reichsführer-SS.
Both Axmann and Schirach were condemned as war criminals by the leading Allies powers after the end of the Second World War, in particular for the role the two played in corrupting the minds of children.
|№||Reichsjugendführer||Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|1||Baldur von Schirach|
|30 October 1931||1 May 1940||8 years, 184 days|
|8 August 1940||8 May 1945||5 years, 7 days|
- Hamilton, Charles (1984). Leaders & Personalities of the Third Reich, Vol. 1. San Jose, CA: R. James Bender Publishing. ISBN 0-912138-27-0.
- McNab, Chris (2009). The Third Reich. Amber Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-906626-51-8.
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