Fred, thank you for saying exactly what I was going to say, though much more elequently than I could! I have been researching my German ancestors for the last 5 or so years. It has been my experience that anyone who was participating in certain Nazi programs (i.e. Hitler Youth or party membership), had to do this out of necessity. It was only the higher ups in these organization who really got into the Nazi agenda. The economy in Germany at that time was such that you did what you had to do for work or you starved. Hearing this Hitler Youth garbage in connection to Benedict XVI is just that, garbage. The media is relying on emotional warfare to tarnish a very good man’s reputation. In time, this will go by the wayside along with all the rest of the garbage.