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Young Girls Post a Notice Advertising the League of German Girls (1934)
The League of German Girls [Bund Deutscher Mädel or BDM] was founded in 1930 as a National Socialist association for girls and was affiliated with the Hitler Youth. The BDM arranged a multitude of leisure-time and propaganda activities (for example, sporting events and hiking trips, folk dancing, and song recitals), through which girls were given physical and ideological training. Girls were supposed to learn National Socialist values, such as comradeship, a willingness to make sacrifices, and unconditional devotion to duty, and to eventually put these values into practice as wives and mothers.The photo shows members of the Young Girls' League [Jungmädelbund or JM], the Nazi organization for girls ages ten to fourteen. Teenagers from fourteen to eighteen belonged to the regular BDM.