Das Deutsche Mädel

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August 1941 cover of Das deutsche Mädel and the first issue following the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. The caption reads "Weary and ruined faces characterize the neglected children of the Soviet state. Cheerful and healthy on the other hand, the youth of Greater Germany are participating in sports festivals everywhere in the country."[1]

Das Deutsche Mädel (German: [das ˈdɔʏtʃə ˈmɛːdl̩], The German Girl) was the Nazi propaganda magazine aimed at girls, particularly members of League of German Girls.[1] In fact, it was the official origin of the League.[2][3] The magazine was published on a monthly basis between 1933 and 1942.[2][4]

Unlike the adventure orientation of Der Pimpf, intended for Hitler Youth, Das deutsche Mädel urged hiking, tending the wounded, hard work in factories, and preparing for motherhood.[1] On the other hand, in contrast to the woman's magazine with some propaganda, NS-Frauen-Warte, it lay far more emphasis on the strong and active German woman; health, education, service, and sports all featured, and famous women depicted included doctors, athletes, poets, and pilots.[5]

Articles in it included describing a speech by Jutta Rüdiger when she was appointed to lead The League of German Girls,[6] telling the girls of their duties to Germany,[7] and a story of how Young Girls had ensured that a dead father's promise to his son was fulfilled.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "German Propaganda Archive: The German Girl". Calvin College. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Magazines". BDM History. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Kate Lacey (1996). Feminine Frequencies: Gender, German Radio, and the Public Sphere, 1923-1945. University of Michigan Press. p. 122. ISBN 0-472-06616-1. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Gill James (21 December 2011). "Das Deutsche Mädel 1933-1942". The House on Schellberg Street. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Leila J. Rupp, Mobilizing Women for War, p. 45, ISBN 0-691-04649-2, OCLC 3379930
  6. ^ "The Tasks of the BDM in the Year 1938"
  7. ^ "You Have the Best Examples"
  8. ^ "Because Father Had Promised"

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