Life demands hardness. One must strive with burning heart toward the ideal of hardness. To be hard for the sake of life, to become a fighter, to win the victory. Our environment is a given. Burning heat in summer, biting cold in winter, long marches in the wet and cold. Working long at the factory, or behind a machine gun. Bearing hunger and thirst, sleeping on the bare earth, not surrendering in battle, never, never, no matter how hopeless everything seems, hurling an empty pistol in the face of the enemy, reaching for his neck to strangle without regard for oneself, even if it leads to death. To be a fighter, a fighter with faith in his cause, even if everyone else says it is a false cause. That brings victory, the victory that belongs to him who is harder. You should never give up in battle or work. Even if you fail a thousand times, you must make the thousand and first attempt. In the end it will succeed and you will be the victor, even if almost bled dry, almost faint, but filled with the triumphant knowledge of having overcome. You are victor in your struggle and victor over yourself. Each must prepare for his battle. Each must train as if one day he will fight the decisive battle for Germany. Each must be able to march, suffer hunger and thirst, sleep on bare ground, bear all privations, be a fighter, a soldier from the moment he can understand what is at stake. We need men hard and tough as steel. Harder than anything else in the world. Only they will master the great future of Germany. Do you want to be one of them, or stand aside like a weakling? Germany will be the land of the brave and strong. Either you belong to them, or you will no longer be a German.
– Faith and Action (1938) For the Hitlerjugend