Cover

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Title Page

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p. iii

Copyright

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p. iv

Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. viii

The publication of this study in English goes back in particular to the interest of Geoff Eley in seeing this project come to fruition. I would like to express my great gratitude for his unflagging support in its...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-19

Beginning in the mid-1930s, the Hitler Youth emerged as the largest single formation of the National Socialist Party. It claimed to embrace all of German youth.1 The organization was headed by Baldur von...

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CHAPTER 1: "The Path of the German Girl"

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pp. 21-26

Contrary to what one would expect, the "Aryan"required an unprecedented degree of "pedagogical" influence in order to unfold his or her "natural" superiority. The 'members of the master race" were surrounded by an...

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CHAPTER 2: A Thumbnail Sketch of the History of the League of German Girls

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pp. 27-40

National Socialist organizations for girls came into being within the framework of the National Socialist youth organization, inside the women's associations, and later likewise as an alliance of National...

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CHAPTER 3: Ideology and Practice of Organizing Girls in the League of German Girls

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pp. 41-101

Writing in 1937 in a key publication that was to influence the ideology of the League of German Girls, Trude Burkner, Reich representative of the league, summarized the guiding ideals of National Socialist...

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CHAPTER 4: A Study in Local History: Minden in Westphalia

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pp. 102-157

On his trip through Germany in 1844, later immortalized in his book Germany: A Winter's Tale, the poet Heinrich Heine paid a visit to Minden. Then still ringed by moats and bastions, this small Westphalian...

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CHAPTER 5: A Study in Local History: Wedding

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pp. 158-246

On October 1, 1920, the Law on the Creation of the Unitary Community of Greater Berlin became effective; it spliced together eight cities, fifty - nine rural communities, and twenty-seven estate...

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Conclusion

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pp. 247-251

The point of departure for this study was to try to grasp the attempt between 1933 and 1945 to forcibly organize girls within a National Socialist organization external to the schools. The general question...

APPENDIX A: The Structure of the Hitler Youth

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p. 253

APPENDIX B: The Path of the German Girl

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p. 254

APPENDIX C: Interview Partners

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pp. 255-256

Glossary and Abbreviations

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pp. 257-260

Bibliography

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pp. 261-281

Index

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pp. 283-287

Image Plates

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pp. 288-295