In the depths of the Great Depression and in the waning days of the crumbling Weimar Republic, a poor Berlin youth is torn between loyalty to his unemployed Communist father and his ever-growing fascination to the Hitler Youth movement.
Herbert Norkus was nicknamed "Quex" as "...he carried out his orders faster than quicksilver..." (Quecksilber).
Mutter Völker: Hi, Heini.
Mutter Völker: Did you spend the night someplace? What did you do?
Heini Völker: It was wonderful mother.
Mutter Völker: Did you stay with Stoeppel and his boys?
Heini Völker: Stoeppel?
Mutter Völker: What then?
Heini Völker: No, I was with the others.
Mutter Völker: What others?
Heini Völker: Those with the crooked cross.
Mutter Völker: Those were the Nazi's!
Heini Völker: Right.
Heini Völker, Ulla, her brother Fritz and all other young characters, especially the Hitler Youth characters are credited as Hitler Youth boy, Hitler Youth girl or The Girls and Boys of the Berlin Hitler Youth.