After the National Socialists came to power in 1933 Stellbrink sees great tasks for the youth in the “Third Reich”.
He hopes that a new spirit of discipline, order, and community will return to the youth. In his confirmation classes, he swears young people to be loyal to the people and the fatherland.
But soon the pastor realises that service in the Hitler Youth alienates the young people from the church. Some Hitler Youth leaders make disparaging and hostile remarks about the Christian
The sons of the Stellbrink family resign from the Hitler Youth, as their fellowship leader repeatedly expresses hostility towards the church. In addition, service with the Hitler Youth is often
incompatible with Sunday church attendance.
After the beginning of the war, the pastor corresponds with young soldiers who have been confirmed by him or his colleague Meyer, and in his letters, he expresses critical views on the war. When in
the spring of 1942 the newspaper reports about a future unified “obligation of the youth” in the Hitler Youth, Stellbrink fears that the confirmation will be abolished completely.