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Jewish Hiking and Gym Club G.G.V. Gröpitzburg (1919)
Like the German youth movement [deutsche Jugendbewegung] which appeared at the end of the nineteenth century, the Jewish youth movement [jüdische Jugendbewegung] comprised numerous associations with a romantic, back-to-nature focus. The Wandervogel was one of the most popular of the romantic, back-to-nature German youth movements. As they became more exclusionary and focused on German identity [Deutschtum], Jewish groups such as Blau-Weiss, Bund für jüdisches Jugendwandern in Deutschland were formed that would come to play a significant role in Jewish education, community organization, and Zionism.