Baldur von Schirach's Appeal to the German
(Printed in J. Neuhausler, Kreuz und Hakenkreuz, pp. 168-70)
Berlin, 15 March 1934
The official news service of the Youth Leader of the German Reich makes public the following ardent proclamation to Germany's Catholic Youth:
Loud and clearly, unmistakably and unequivocally we have again and again made known among the German people the goal of our struggle:
The unity of the youth — the unity of the Reich!
In thousands and thousands of meetings, rallies, and appeals, we have committed ourselves before the German nation to this goal of our struggle (Kampfziel). We have built the young united Germany in never-ceasing labour. Every step which we undertook in our action was to bring us closer to our goal, every one of our deeds was determined by the will to become a nation (bestimmt vom Wille zur Nation). The German people know today why we want to create and preserve German unity. The German people know why we are fighting so grimly and ruthlessly for the unity of the youth and the unity of the coming Reich; the German people know that we are prepared to make even the highest sacrifices for this.
The German people, however, still do not know why there can nevertheless be young Germans who close their eyes to the historic