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Hitler Youth & United German Girls

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Hitler Youth
& United German Girls Sources Youth movements were of German culture
When Hitler emerged to power, all other youth movements were abolished and combined with Hitler's
membership was required for all children (1936)
influenced children with camping trips and after-school meetings

aka Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM) - Band of German Girls
est. 1929
girls branch of Hitler Youth, only one in Nazi Germany
prepared girls for motherhood & home-maker
activities: music, crafts, home economics
Younger girls collected $ for war
Older girls aided injured soldiers & completed agricultural duties
3 groups: Young Girls League (10-14); League Proper (14-18); Belief & Beauty Society (17-21)
requirements: ethnic German, German citizen, no genetic illnesses

Background Info Hitler Youth United German Girls "Hitler Youth." The History Place. 1999. Web. 21 Jan. 2012. <http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/hitleryouth/index.html>.
"Shaping the Future: Indoctrinating Youth." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Web. 24 Jan. 2012. <http://www.ushmm.org/propaganda/themes/indoctrinating-youth/>.
Avi Hein. "Hitler Youth (HJ)." Jewish Virtual Library. The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, 2012. Web. 22 Jan. 2012. <http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/hitleryouth.html>.
"League of German Girls." AbsoluteAstronomy.com. 2011. Web. 22 Jan. 2012. <http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/League_of_German_Girls>.
"Hitler Youth." The History Place. 1999. Web. 22 Jan. 2012. <http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/hitleryouth/index.html>.
"Bund Deutscher Mädel - The League of German Girls." Jewish Virtual Library. The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, 2012. Web. 22 Jan. 2012. <http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/BDM.html>.
"Nazi Germany - Hitler Youth." History on the Net. 14 May 2010. Web. 24 Jan. 2012. <http://www.historyonthenet.com/Nazi_Germany/hitler_youth.htm>. aka Hitler-Jugend
est. in 1926
2 groups: 10-14 years & 14-18 years
activities: sports (hiking, camping, etc.); parading, marching, map reading,
consisted of 90% Nazi Germany's youth
prepared youth for military when they turned 18
reflected Hitler's beliefs

"My program for educating youth is hard. Weakness must be hammered away. In my castles of the Teutonic Order a youth will grow up before which the world will tremble. I want a brutal, domineering, fearless, cruel youth. Youth must be all that. It must bear pain. There must be nothing weak and gentle about it. The free, splendid beast of prey must once again flash from its eyes...That is how I will eradicate thousands of years of human domestication...That is how I will create the New Order." – Adolf Hitler, 1933. Significance in The Book Thief Liesel was of age, as well as Rudy; they both participated in the march on Hitler's birthday
"Liesel tried on her new uniform. Ten years old meant Hitler Youth. Hitler Youth meant a small brown uniform. Being female, Liesel was enrolled into what was called the BDM." (40).
"The first thing they did there was make sure your "heil Hitler" was working properly. Then you were taught to march straight, roll bandages, and sew up clothes. You were also taken hiking and on other such activities. Wednesday and Saturday were the designated meeting days from three in the afternoon until five." (40).
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