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Bund Deutscher Madel

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by Jazmine Esparza on 4 February 2013

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Transcript of Bund Deutscher Madel

(Bund Deutscher Mädel) League of German Girls BDM: Pre-War History Started off small, "special department"
Not much initial interest
Though large amount of promotion
Woman's part of the Party tried to take over
Eventually all young female groups were assimilated Schooling and Training -Goal was to be healthy and remain pure
Topics covered :
*physical fitness *health *hygiene *dress codes *sexual attitudes *nursing *politics
Badges awarded Organizational Structure Regional and national leaders: successful women holding degrees and doctorates
Most BDM leaders were ladies with university educations of finished job training, age range from mid-twenties until their late forties.
Successful, smart women chosen to set an example for members
Discouraged from wearing loud makeup, or smoking and drinking in public
Locally in the smallest groups, leaders were an older girl who had attended a leadership school Leaders Völkischer Mädchenbund: Gerhard Rossbach, began in 1925. Became the BDM in 1930
Kurt Gruber (Hitler Youth, 1926-1931)
Theodor von Renteln: 1931-1932
Baldur von Schirach: 1932-1940
Artur Axmann: 1940-1945 (the end)
Purpose of BDM Train young women in their future roles
give them a sense of camaraderie
trade in parental influence for state authority
Think as a collective without questioning the leader Involvement During War Membership Qualifications At least 10 years of age
German Citizen
Good health, both physically and mentally
No more than one-eighth Jewish
Strong as well as Smart
Eventually a mother to her children
A "Proper Housewife" -culture bearer
Physically fit, healthy, clean, dressed in an orderly manner
Post-War structure/History Girl Scouts Social Norms: The Ideal German Girls In addition to this, they were not to marry or
have children, for they wouldn't be considered "Youth" 'Don't talk, don't debate, live a National Socialist life in discipline, composure and comradeship!' "The Fuhrer orders, we follow!" Train for service to the state
-help the SS
-watch children, cook, clean, sew
-help soldiers (wounds, laundry, etc.)
Pflichtjahar (1939)
1-yr mandatory work placement
-Agriculture
7,000 workers in 1934
157,728 workers by 1940
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