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German Girls, Aryan ideal

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2002.542.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3406 | Film ID: 2559

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    German Girls, Aryan ideal


    Life as RADwJ (Reichsarbeitsdienst der weiblichen Jugend), referred to as "Arbeitsmaiden" The young women tend to garden, cook, help farmers, do calisthenics, dance, care for hospitalized. Young women walking. Train in Hamburg. "Arbeitsmaiden-Transport ins Elsass (Alsace)" Exiting train, entering home, receiving uniform, medical examination, running outside, playing with ball, chalet on water, singing in forest, Nazi flag, mopping floor, cleaning house, preparing meal in kitchen, eating, washing dishes, gardening, talking at table outdoors, riding bicycles, laundry. Young woman playing with children in circle. More gardening, helping civilians in village, riding bicycles. Sign: "Wichtige Bekanntmachung!...Sonntag-Wanderung" [Important Notice: Sunday Hike]. BDM girls singing, walking towards and through village, all dressed the same, returning home with flowers. Outdoors, having tea, bread, and jam, writing postcards. Sign, "Litzmannstadt 10KM" [Łódź 10 km]. Receiving mail. Sign, "Bessarabiendeutsche Willkommen in der neuen Heimat" [Bessarabian Germans, Welcome to the new Homeland] Women retrieving water from well. Peasant family arriving on cart with horses, man in uniform with boots, walking towards camera and cemetery. 01:56:13 Sign, "In neugewonnener Deutscher Erderuhen hier." Pan, CUs, graves of German war heros, headstones with swastikas, names. Farming. Children at play on see-saws. Sitting under trees, group lessons/school outdoors, assisting peasant man with reading. Women dancing, playing violins, elders, eating, playing flutes, children playing, standing around flagpole with Nazi flag. Woman speaking. Telegrams, nurses with wounded, factory, printing press.
    Event:  1943
    Censor:  1943 February 13
    Łódź [Litzmannstadt], Poland
    Hamburg, Germany
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv
    Director: Heinz-Hermann Schwerdtfeger
    Producer: UFA
    Camera Operator: Erichhans Foerrster

    Physical Details

    German Music
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    01:46:31:00 to 02:00:17:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2559 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - large
      Master 2559 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - large
      Master 2559 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - large
      Master 2559 Video: Betacam SP - PAL - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2559 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2559 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2559 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2559 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Federal Republic of Germany. Bundesarchiv.
    Conditions on Use
    Researchers who wish to use this footage should contact the Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv at to sign a release, or submit the online request form at:

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this from the Bundesarchiv in Berlin, Germany in April 2002.
    Opening credits: Ein UFA Kulturfilm. Manuskript: Dr. Martin Rikli and Heinz-Hermann Schwerdtfeger ; Regie: Heinz-Hermann Schwerdtfeger ; An der Kamera: Erichhans Foerrster ; Musik: Hans Ebert. UFA Aufnahmegeraet: Klangfilm, Tonkopie: AFIFA. End credit: Swastika with "RADWJ"

    Additional documentation available in departmental files.

    The RADwJ emblem can be seen on the girls' brooches, the flag, and at the end of the film.
    Copied From
    16mm b/w print
    Film Source
    Bundesarchiv (Germany). Filmarchiv
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 521
    Source Archive Number: 212
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:54:26
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