Through Innocent Eyes: The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth

Through Innocent Eyes: The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth

Through Innocent Eyes: The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth

Through Innocent Eyes: The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth


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The National Socialistic upbringing in the League of German Girls uses paramilitary-like disciplinary measures to build their loyalty and moral character. Coupled with pagan rituals, songs, and folklore, 'Through Innocent Eyes' captures the self-actualization of ten-year-old Gertrude as she progresses from childhood and living in poverty to adolescence and becoming "one" with her country. By age thirteen, Gertrude is chosen for Country Service Year Camp, called "Landjahr Lager." Here, she will receive the very best rural education for the Reich only wants the healthiest and strongest girls.  In 1941, there are one-hundred thousand girls serving in Landjahr Lager and Gertrude Kerschner is one of them.  Based upon the original journal of the author's mother and anchored in historical facts. Includes 51 photos. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999755013
Publisher: BDM History
Publication date: 04/20/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 364
File size: 10 MB

Table of Contents



Part One: Preparing to Become a Hitler Youth

  • 1931
  • Trudel Prepares for Service
  • Trudel Registers for Service
  • Josefa's Painful Past
  • Preparatory Service
  • Sports Afternoon
  • First Social Evening Meeting
  • The Meaning of the Flag
  • Hike on the Reisalpe
  • The Myth of the Wild Flower

Part Two: Becoming a Member of the Hitler Youth

  • Induction Ceremony
  • Duties of the BDM Girls

Part Three: Country Service Year Camp

  • Traveling to Our New Camp
  • Arriving at Camp Seidorf
  • Political Evening
  • First Day at Camp
  • New Girls Arrive at Camp
  • Becoming a Leader Candidate
  • Walpurgis Night
  • Celebrating with the Farmers
  • Cross of Honor of the German Mother
  • Our Workplace
  • Home Economics
  • Newspaper Report
  • Freedom of the Flame
  • We Help with the Harvest
  • The Big Trip
  • We Practice for our RJA Badge
  • Harvesting the Potatoes
  • Pig Baptism
  • Pig Slaughter
  • Our Last Visit with the Farmers
  • Our First Snow
  • Last Week at Camp Seidorf
  • Remembering Your Mama
  • Baptism of Fire
  • Post WWII - Linz, Austria
  • This Way to the United States

Appendix A: Brief History of the Hitler Youth

Appendix B: The Landjahr Lager Program

Characters in Order of Appearance



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