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The League of German Girls was a female youth group in Nazi Germany. Not only was it a female youth group, it was the only female youth group in Nazi Germany. Not only was it the only female youth group in Nazi Germany, it was the mandatory female youth group in Nazi Germany. The League had two sections just like its counterpart, the Hitler Youth, the Jungmädel, for girls 10-14, and the Bund Deutscher Mädel, for girls 14-18. The goal of the League was to create the perfect German women who could perform the tasks of the house wife, and give birth to the healthiest German children for the next generation.
The group was founded in 1930 as a female counterpart to the Hitler Youth, which was an all boys youth group to raise soldiers. The requirements to join were quite simple: you had to be ethnically German, a German Citizen, and free from hereditary diseases. The group was originally headed by the Hitler youth until 1934 when it became independent and it was headed by Trude Mohr. She married in 1937 and gave up her position. Women had to be unmarried and without children to keep their position. for in Nazi Society, a woman’s true job was to her children and the state(1).
Once a girl turned 18 she would leave the league and have a three year gap until 21 where she would be forced to join the National Socialist Women’s League. So in 1938 the party established Glaube und Schönheit or Belief and Beauty. this was a group for women from ages 18-21 to fill the gap. Hitler’s true intentions were made clear in a speech were he said, “all young people would join at age ten, and would not be free for the rest of their lives (2).
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