Hitler Youth Reached Out to Brit Boy Scouts

Young Nazis hosted cycling tours, camps
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Mar 8, 2010 4:54 AM CST
American military police officers with 14-year-old Willy Etschenberg (left) and 10 year-old Hubert Heinrichs, who were being held after sniping at US troops in Aachen, Germany, October 1944.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Hitler's Nazi Youth organization created cycling tours and other activities in a bid to win over British Boy Scouts, reveals just-released UK intelligence files. Boy Scouts participated in the tours and attended camps run by Nazi Youth on British soil in 1937, according to the documents. MI-5 agents alerted officials to the young Nazi supporters traveling to Britain that year. The Germans also visited factories and ports on their excursions. Not everyone was concerened about the Germans. One British school boy referred to the teens as a "jolly good crowd of chaps."

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