National Socialist German Students' League

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National Socialist German Students' Union
Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund.svg
Emblem of the NSDStB
TypeSchool monitoring organization
Legal statusDefunct, illegal
Region served
Parent organization
Nazi Party

The National Socialist German Students' Union (German: Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund, abbreviated NSDStB) was founded in 1926 as a division of the Nazi Party with the mission of integrating University-level education and academic life within the framework of the Nazi worldview. Organized (as with other departments of the Nazi Party) strictly in accord with the Führerprinzip (or "leader principle") as well as the principle of Machtdistanz (or "power distance"), the NSDStB housed its members in so-called Kameradschaftshäusern (or "Fellowship Houses"), and (from 1930) had its members decked out in classic brown shirts and its own distinctive Swastika emblems.

After Germany's defeat in World War II, the Nazi Party along with its divisions and affiliated organisations were declared "criminal organizations" and banned by the Allied Control Council on October 10, 1945.[1]

Leaders, 1926–45[edit]


Other notable members[edit]

  • Kurt Waldheim, later Secretary General of the United Nations, President of Austria.

See also[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Anselm Faust: Der Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Studentenbund. Studenten und Nationalsozialismus in der Weimarer Republik, 2. Bde. Schwann Düsseldorf 1973 ISBN 3-7895-0153-0 and ISBN 3-7895-0152-2
  • Michael Grüttner: Studenten im Dritten Reich, Schöningh Paderborn 1995 ISBN 3-506-77492-1
  • Andreas Raith, Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund (NSDStB), in: The Lexicon of Bavarian History (8 January 2007)
  • Michael Kater (1974). "Der NS-Studentenbund von 1926 bis 1928: Randgruppe zwischen Hitler und Strasser" (PDF) (pdf).
  • Die Deutsche Studentenschaft Anfang der 1930er Jahre (1928-1933)
  • Elisabeth Kraus (20 December 2006). Elisabeth Kraus (ed.). "Die Universität München im Dritten Reich Aufsätze. Teil I" (PDF) (pdf).
  • Dokumentation der Bücherverbrennung 1933 in der Universitätsstadt Göttingen unter der Federführung des NSDStB
  • Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund: Studentische Organisation der NSDAP (1926-1945)
  • Abelein, Manfred (9 March 1968). Die Kulturpolitik des Deutschen Reiches und der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Ihre verfassungsgeschichtliche Entwicklung und ihre verfassungsrechtlichen Probleme. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag. ISBN 978-3-6630-2181-0.