Hitler Youth Quex: A Guide for the English Speaking Reader Book

Hitler Youth Quex: A Guide for the English Speaking Reader Book

Hitler Youth Quex: A Guide for the English Speaking Reader Book
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Hitler Youth Quex, the story of a fifteen-year-old working-class boy who defied his father to join the Hitlerjugend in 1932 and died a martyr, was a best-selling novel that became a box office hit when it was released as a motion picture by the famous Ufa film studio in September 1933.  The film’s song became the anthem of the HJ, and over eleven million youngsters saw the film in the Third Reich. Hitlerjunge Quex became the cult film of the new German youth.

This Guide provides a wealth of information about the film – from the evolution of the story as a novel to its newspaper serialization to the silver screen. Presented are the fascinating careers of the critical men involved – the book’s author Karl Schenzinger, the film’s producer Karl Ritter, and the film’s director Hans Steinhoff. The pivotal role of the Reich Youth Leader Baldur von Schirach is explored, with commentary from his oldest son, Klaus. The unpublished diaries of Karl Ritter found in Argentina provide new insight into the film's production. A chapter on Jürgen Ohlsen, who played the title role, offers information heretofore overlooked. All of the comprehensive Ufa studio marketing and publicity materials are translated into English for the first time. The movie's success before 1945, not just in German cinemas but in Europe, North America, and Japan between 1934 and 1944, is documented with rare advertising and reviews. The fate of the film post–WW2 and how it is dealt with in today’s Germany is examined. Post-war critical analysis is also surveyed.

This Guide is the first book solely devoted to telling the story behind Hitler Youth Quex in English or German. It will interest film students, film collectors, and anyone interested in Third Reich propaganda.

Written by William Gillespie. Australia, 2022, over 400 pages, 6x9 inches Perfect Bound Softcover, with 63 B&W illustrations and four color plates. English Language.

"Gillespie’s book is a treasure trove for scholars of history, film history and propaganda more generally. This includes graduate and postgraduate students, early career researchers and more established academics. As such it is recommended for the essential classroom reading lists on any course dealing with film propaganda." – The Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television.

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