In the 1920’s, a very clever politician had the idea of running summer camps for the younger members of his political organization; and so the Hitler Youth Camps were born. Their ultimate purpose was to serve as fodder for the Nazi Armed Forces, but the overt aim was to inculcate a sense of purpose through companionship, healthy exercise and comradeship. Through our history books and papers, as well as memory, we all know, or rather should know, of the ultimate destination of the thought process behind the Jungsturm Adolf Hitler
Turning to modern times, we should look anew at the seemingly-innocent ‘Camps’ run by the Norwegian Labour Youth league, and especially at the camp on Utøya which was to end so tragically for all those young lives. We can now see that there was again a subtle, or rather not-so-subtle propaganda theme, especially in the education of these young people when it comes to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, the stance of Norway as a country, and the slant in the ideas propagated in the camp.
So who was right, and who was wrong? Were the Germans so besotted with their charismatic leader that they completely ignored the signposts to death and destruction? Were the Norwegians just laying out the arguments for and against Israel’s actions in the West Bank, in Gaza and in, for instance, the Lebanon?
Or were both types of Camp just the forerunner to a more sinister, formalised Camp where only one Race would be the topic; one Race would be the target; one Race would be the ultimate loser?