Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Nazi League of German Girls, In Previously Unseen Pictures!

The League of German Girls, in German; Bund Deutscher Mädel or BDM was the girls’ wing of the Nazi Party youth movement.

The League consisted of three sections; “Young Girls” for ages 10 to 14, the “League Proper” for girls aged 14 to 18 and the “Faith and Beauty society” for girls ages 17 to 21.

In October 1945, after the Nazi’s were defeated the organization ceased to exist and was outlawed by the Allies.

What follows are pictures of the BDM during the early stages of Nazism up to 1943.

1. Recruitment

German Federal Archive

BDM Girls put up a recruitment poster, it says “Girls join us, you belong to us” in 1933.

Girls as young as 10 could join the “Young Girl’s League ” when they were 14 they would move on to the BDM.

From 1938 onwards, when they turned 17, they could join the “Faith and Beauty” group.

2. Spear throwing

Track and field sports, including spear throwing, played a key role in getting the girls fit for their place in society.