As you all will know I have no affection for Herr Hitler or his lifetime achievements and am quite happy and content to see his party and its perverted values consigned to histories dustbin in the misplaced hope that we as a species may be able to take something of the "warning from history" ( Karl Jaspers) Karl Jaspers (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) so aptly described them as being. For some reason and I cannot say why to be honest what they left behind does hold some attraction to me and I do find this disturbing for I have absolutely no leanings in that direction at all yet I cannot quite grasp how a radical extremist party like that could achieve government as much by "good (bad) luck ,synchronicity , spin and intimidation for they certainly got the breaks when they needed them at just the right time - it was as if the Devil himself was batting for them. (And perhaps the same devil was batting for Joe Stalin for he certainly was no better). Hitler's appeal to women and the youth of Germany was certainly pushed by the party's spin doctor supreme and the "fuhrer cult" was well cultivated and managed and as part of it came a control and regulation which pervaded all levels of Germany's cultural and social norms everyone was there to serve "the fuhrer" and he was presented as "God's gift to Germany". This must sound insane but at the time in Germany to many it was accepted and those who could not accept it kept quiet out of fear and in the hope that this dreadful man would have his day and be gone. His appeal to Germany's youth which he indoctrinated put in uniform and used so well to promote so called "German values" , the images of thousands of youngsters playing , camping and assembled for inspection by Hitler (as seen in "Triumph of The Will" or in the courtyard at Landsberg Castle) are powerful even today. Over the past 2-3 years I had been looking for a "largish" "Hitler Youth Banner" and had "missed" one or two as they seem to sell very quickly. This banner can only have been constructed for use outside and odds on it may well have been made for use in a stadium although I am careful not to construct a history for the item in my own mind. It is just "shy" of 30 feet in length and is the full of my two arms width in diameter 5 ft 6 inches. The top end is reinforced and has a sleeve which allows it to be hung on a pole and hoisted , the bottom end is heavily reinforced at each corner which again indicated its use outside. The swastika is a multi piece construction 9 pieces in all sewn on a white square background ( 4 ft 6 inches point to point) which is in turn sewn on to the banner , it is double sided. ( A labour intensive product to produce , which again makes you think of how much effort was put into the production of party ( now State) emblems , uniforms and paraphernalia , Germany was being made anew in the image of the Fuhrer's thoughts). The main body is three piece red and white heavily sewn together , I must admit I just don't have the neck to take this outside and lay it out. The arm band does give size some context. A piece of history - yes it certainly is , makes me wonder what has it seen , who has seen it , what went through the heads of the youngsters assembled beneath it , what in turn became of them , God alone knows for they were sent to fight men like our own "Sapper" in Normandy. Hitler has some style ( if you can call it that) and his powers of seduction were very powerful but I do feel an element of disgust when I look at this banner both for what it represents and what became of that generation of youngsters - they deserved much better than the pied piper who led them. Kypling's "Common Form" does spring to mind.