League of German Girls

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Noelle Maher J.
M.W.C 3/21/13
WWII

League of German Girls

Hitler's youth was Hitler's Nazi party to train boys to go to war but there was also the League of German Girls that made up Hitler's youth movement. Formed in the 1920's, The League of German Girls was the only female youth party. It consisted of 2 sections at the beginning. The Young Girls League was for girls ages 10-14, and the League proper was for girls ages 14-18. Eventually a third section was added called the Belief and Beauty Society which unlike the other sections was voluntary and was for girls ages 17-21. The League was run by women, not men. In order to be a leader, you must not have kids and must not be married. There was no limit for how long a leader could be in charge, but the League was not able to keep one leader for a long time due to the rules. Many women eventually resigned and left to get married. The League was much like a summer camp. Girls were taught National Socialist beliefs through camp songs, sports, and tradition. They were taught basic training and on Saturdays they had outdoor training. They did events such as the long jump, swimming, tightrope walking and somersaulting. Self sacrifice and rebelling against parents were emphasized to the girls. The League turned out to be more popular than Hitler's Youth for boys. The girls were given lessons on hand held weapons but the League was opposed of the girls ever putting the skills they learned with weapons to use. While the boys were called out to fight during WWII, the girls provided their help also. They went around collecting clothes for the unfortunate and many helped out in hospitals and train stations. As the war was coming to an end, many girls put their skills to use, left the League, and joined groups to wage guerrilla war.
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