Accession Number: NEKHC:2009.3.1-3

Object: Drum

Category: Hitler Youth; Music and the Third Reich; Propaganda; Youth Groups; Indoctrination; Musical Instruments

Physical Description: Round wood and metal drum. Decorative wooden rim with red and white pattern. Central metallic core with metal bracing. Used in Hitler Youth parades. Two wooden drumsticks used with drum. In complete condition.

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This drum was played by boys in the Hitler Youth.

Whilst the boys in the Hitler Youth favoured trumpets and drums, girls in the BDM would specialise in playing recorders and singing. All music and songs had to further Nazi ideology. Music was considered a fundamental part of celebrating Nazi holidays including the Nazi assumption of power on January 30, Hitler's birthday on April 20, and the annual Nuremberg party rally.


Kater, Michael (1997) The Twisted Muse: Musicians and Their Music in the Third Reich New York: Oxford University Press.

Kater, Michael (2004) Hitler Youth Cambridge: Harvard University Press.