Nationale Jeugdstorm Membership

Figure 1.--This poster exhorts Dutch youth to "be brave" or to "be valiant" and to "become a stormer". Guido

The NSB was a higly organized and fully uniformed party. Participation expanded in 1941 as it still looked like the Germans could not be stopped and would win the War. The youth organization was the Nationale Jeugdstorm--NJ (Youth Branch) which was greatly expanded after the German occupation. Membership in the NJ has swelled to 18,000 members by the fall of 1942. This was the high mark of the NJ. Stalingrad fell to the Russians in January 1943 and as the year progressed many Dutch began to realize that the Germans were not winning the War. Many began to realisticically that their country would be liberatred. HBC wondered about just which Dutch children joined the NJ. A Dutch reader informs is that, "Children who joined the JDS usually did so at the instigation of their parents who usually had right-wing political orientations. The children usually did not even understand what it was all about. Of course, they were ignored and snubbed by the rest, but real fights were rare." The fact that fights were rare presumably reflected the fact that it could be dangers for the parents. HBC is not sure how the NJ members were treated by the other boys after liberation.


Navigate the Historic Boys' Uniform Chronology Pages:
[Return to the Main chronologies page]
[The 1900s] [The 1910s] [The 1920s] [The 1930s] [The 1940s] [The 1950s] [The 1960s] [The 1970s] [The 1980s] [The 1990s] [The 2000s]

Navigate the Historic Boys' Uniform Web Site:
[Return to the Main NJS page]
[Activities] [Biographies] [Chronologies] [Countries] [Essays] [Garments] [Organizations] [Religion] [Other]
[Introduction] [Bibliographies] [Contributions] [FAQs] [Questions] [Unknown images]
[Boys' Uniform Home]

Navigate the Historic Boys' Uniform Web organizatiion pages:
[Return to the Main Dutch nationalist page]
[Boys' Brigade] [Camp Fire] [Hitler Youth] [National] [Pioneers] [Royal Rangers] [Scout]

Created: 8:05 AM 10/10/2004
Last updated: 8:05 AM 10/10/2004