The item is a Nazi Youth armband that was likely worn by a member of the older youth group, who were 15 to 18 years of age. The item is constructed of red linen with a white and black cotton insert running across it in the shape of a stripe and swastika.
The item belonged to the Allard family. It was found in Holland by Brenda Allard's father, Alexander Malin, who served with the Canadian forces during the Second World War. He was with the Royal Canadian Medical Corps and won many medals for his valour. The item was given to Hesh Troper to pass on to us.
The Hitler Youth or Jugend was formed in 1922 as the Jungsturm Adolf Hitler. They were disbanded in 1923 and re-established in 1926. By 1933, the movement developed to include both girls and boys ranging in age from 10 to 18 years of age. The movement served as a training ground for future aryan supermen and women, teaching them to be future soldiers for the Third Reich. By 1939, the Hitler Youth became mandatory for all children in Germany within the designated age range. As a result, every German youngster was forced to purchase a uniform and serve in the youth movement regardless of their parents' wishes.
The members of the movement wore paramilitary uniforms similar to those of the Nazi party. The uniforms included badges, accessories and knives. The uniforms varied between the girls and the boys and the younger and older groups.