German civilian Reichsjugendführung speech on the principles underlying the Bund Deutscher Maedel (BDM) and of the main activities of the Nazi girls' organisation
The Bund Deutscher Maedel <Federation of German Girls> <BDM> exists as a school for National Socialist thought to foster comradeship and socialism. All earlier organisations for young girls lacked the BDM's sound philosophical basis. When Hitler first suggested the idea long before he came to power and a few girls, conscious of their Germaness, came together, they had to fight scorn, derision and misunderstanding, but struggle strengthens the heart and will, and as National Socialism triumphed in Germany the BDM became a National Socialist organisation. It has become a powerful organisation , extending from the largest city to the smallest village. BDM sees its main duty as preparing female German youth for its great task - the securing of the future of the race. The uniform, which because it is worn by all members extinguishes class barriers, is a symbol of the BDM's common will. However the BDM has nothing to do with the Marxist concepts of uniformity and fraternity, which produce sheep-like people instead of responsible adults. This is why the BDM has group leaders - in order to develop both comradeship and discipline, the basis of the whole movement. Special training centres exist throughout Germany for the philosophical and physical education of BDM leaders. The girls learn the National Socialist way by studying German poets and thinkers, German political and social history. They learn about the old festivals celebrated by their forefathers, such as harvest festival, because it is these customs, which stem from the ancient history of the race, which provide an everlasting source of energy. The schools develop comradeship, a sense of duty and fidelity. Stress laid on German traditions. Physical education, which strengthens both body and character, is not neglected. Other activities include social work, medical education and first aid lessons. It is by working for the good of the Reich that the girls develop as individuals. In addition there is a wider organisation which cares for girls outwith Germany and which tries to support them in their homelands.