Belief & Beauty

Belief & Beauty

Glaube & Schonheit (Original Title)

At its peak, the Hitler Youth organization in Germany boasted over eight million members. The Belief and Beauty Society for females 17-21 was a tie-in between the league of German Girls and the Nazi Frauenschaft. The idea was that girls should take part in the work of the whole Volksgemeinschaft/People’s Community before they went on to jobs or---ideally---to marry and have children. Former members and leaders of the League of German Girls---Dr. Jutta Reudiger and leader of the Belief and Beauty Society Clementine zu Castell---recall the League from its beginnings to the end of the war. To expand the education of female youth, National Youth Leader Baldur von Schirach founded the BDM Belief and Beauty Society on January 19, 1938. In 1938 and 1939, the film Belief and Beauty was created by order of the National Youth Leadership. Hinrich Medau---founder of the Medau gymnastics school---and Clementine zu Castell were able to get “Hitler’s photographer” Hans Ertl’s cooperation in making this film. Filmed in the unmistakable style of director Leni Riefenstahl, this first-ever documentary on the society was to open in German theaters in October 1939, but Nazi Minister of Propaganda Dr. Joseph Goebbels prohibited the film’s release due to the outbreak of World War II. The DVD includes the actual never-before-released 1938 film Belief and Beauty..

Additional materials
Belief & Beauty with interviews

Historical Background Slde Show

Admin comments

"The task of our Girls League is to raise our girls as torch bearers of the national-socialist world. We need girls who are at harmony between their bodies, souls, and spirits. And we need girls who, through healthy bodies and balanced minds, embody the beauty of divine creation. We want to raise girls who believe in Germany and our leader, and who will pass these beliefs on to their future children". Dr. Jutta Rüdiger. Not a bad idea.

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