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Lieder, totalitarianism, and the Bund Deutscher Mädel : girls' political coercion through song / Rachel Jane Anderson.

Publication | Library Call Number: DD253.48 .A53 2002

The Bund deutscher Mädel (BdM), a Nazi youth organization for girls, was sponsored, organized, and promoted by Adolf Hitler's National Socialist Party. The BdM instilled values and beliefs of National Socialism in German girls, and encouraged attitudes and behavior in them that harmonized with Party views on womanhood. Political indoctrination for girls often came through music—especially song. Musical repertoire of the BdM strongly interconnects with the organization's development, internal structure and political philosophies. My thesis analyses the relations between music, the BdM, National Socialism, and gender. Historical perspectives are documented to clarify the function and intention of the BdM, including its politics and philosophy, its activities designed to foster ‘natural’ gender roles, and its emerging supremacy over other right-wing youth movements in Nazi Germany. My thesis then examines conceptions of ‘natural’ gender roles for girls and women in Nazi society and how these role expectations are covertly and overtly embedded in the official music book of the BdM, entitled Wir Mädel singen! To illustrate this relationship between music, politics, and gender expectations, ten songs from Wir Mädel singen! are analyzed in detail.

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Anderson, Rachel Jane, 1972-
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