Reichsjugendführer

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National Youth Leader
Reichsjugendführer
Standarte Amtschef HJ.svg
Standard for the Reichsjugendführer
Nazi Party
StatusAbolished
AbbreviationRJF
Member of Hitler Youth
AppointerFührer of the NSDAP
Formation1931
First holderBaldur von Schirach
Final holderArtur Axmann
Abolished1945
Deputy Stabsführer

Reichsjugendführer ("National Youth Leader") was the highest paramilitary rank of the Hitler Youth.[1] It was held first by Baldur von Schirach and later by Artur Axmann.[2] 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.[3]

List[edit]

Reichsjugendführer Took office Left office Time in office
1
Baldur von Schirach
Schirach, BaldurBaldur von Schirach
(1907–1974)
30 October 19311 May 19408 years, 184 days
2
Artur Axmann
Axmann, ArturArtur Axmann
(1913–1996)
8 August 19408 May 19455 years, 7 days

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McNab 2009, p. 15.
  2. ^ Hamilton 1984, pp. 247, 334.
  3. ^ Hamilton 1984, pp. 247, 335.

Bibliography[edit]

  • 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.