How Did Naziism Affect The German Youth

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Register to read the introduction… It was not until 1930 that the organization now known as the League of German Girls was founded and only in 1932 did it become a part of the overall Hitler Youth. Although the group was now official and offered a lot of activities that attracted teenage girls, membership was much lower than in the male organization, and throughout its existence, the League of German Girls would never reach the same number of members as the male Hitler Youth. On the other hand, however, the group also did not enforce membership as stringently as their male counterparts did. The League of German Girls was the female part of the overall national-socialist youth movement known as the Hitler Youth. Its proper title was The League of German Girls in the Hitler Youth. An important part of life in the League of German Girls was to help the girls build character, and to prepare them for what were supposed to be their future tasks within the Nazi Volksgemeinschaft, or people's community, by getting them involved in programs that were for the "good of the people", such as collecting for the Winter Relief, helping with the harvest or collecting medicinal herbs in the fields. But to the girls, many of the League of German Girls' activities looked like lots of fun and like something they really wanted to participate in along with their friends. Many of the activities were not unlike what youth organizations offer today: BDM members …show more content…
and G. Pridham, ed. Nazism: A History in Documents and Eyewitness Accounts, 1919-1945, (Department of History and Archaeology at the University of Exeter, 1983).

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{1} The Hitler Youth Law
The future of the German people depends on its youth. Therefore, all of the German youth must be prepared for its future duties. The nation's government has therefore decreed the following:
1. All German youths within the borders of the German nation will be incorporated into the Hitler Youth.
2. All German youths are to be educated in the Hitler Youth, as well as in their parents' homes and in their schools, physically and morally, in the spirit of national-socialism, to the service for people and community.
3. The task of raising the German youth in the Hitler Youth will be given to the National leader of the NSDAP. He is therefore the Youth Leader of the German Nation. He holds the position of a high government office with location in Berlin, and he is directly under the command of the Leader and Nation's Chancellor.
4. The laws and general administrative regulations necessary to the implementation and correction of this law are governed by the Leader and the Nation's Chancellor.
Berlin, 1 December 1936
The Leader and Nation's

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