Law on the Hitler Youth (December 1, 1936)
The future of the German Nation depends upon its youth, and German youth shall have to be prepared for its future duties.
Therefore the Government of the Reich has prepared the following law which is being published herewith:
All of the German youth in the Reich is organized within the Hitler Youth.
The German Youth besides being reared within the family and school, shall be educated physically, intellectually, and morally in the spirit of National Socialism to serve the people and community, through the Hitler Youth.
The task of educating the German Youth through the Hitler Youth is being entrusted to the Reich Leader of German Youth in the NSDAP. He is the “Youth Leader of the German Reich”. The position of his office is that of a higher governmental Agency with its seat in Berlin, and is directly responsible to the Fuehrer and the Chancellor of the Reich.
All regulations necessary for the execution and completion of this law will be issued by the Fuehrer Chancellor of the Reich.
Berlin, 1 December 1936
The Fuehrer and Chancellor of the Reich
The Secretary of State and Chief of the Reich Chancellery
Source of English translation: Law on the Hitler Youth (December 1, 1936). In United States Chief Counsel for the Prosecution of Axis Criminality, Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1946. Volume 3, Document 001-PS – Document 1406-PS. Document 1392-PS, p. 972-73. (English translation accredited to Nuremberg Staff.)
Original German text printed in: Reichsgesetzblatt, 1936, T. I, No. 113, p. 993; reprinted in Paul Meier-Benneckenstein, ed., Dokumente der deutschen Politik, Volume 4: Deutschlands Aufstieg zur Großmacht 1936, edited by Axel Friedrichs. Berlin, 1937, pp. 328-29.