Landjahr Lager Seidorf - 1941
Cynthia A. Sandor - writes new book of her mother’s experiences as a Hitler Youth
Based on a personal journal, ‘Through Innocent Eyes’ tells of Gertrude Kerschner’s time in Landjahr
Landjahr Lager (Country Service Year Camp) taught the girls courage, confidence, and built their moral character in a friendly and fun atmosphere through the power of camaraderie. This elite rural educational program provided the fundamental building blocks which would stay with them the rest of their lives.
The educational curriculum was designed exclusively by the Reich’s Ministry of Science, Education, and Culture. The focus was to build the girls full individual potential to become a productive member in society.
Their education went beyond the traditional home economics and child rearing as we have all come to believe. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, these girls developed their interpersonal mental, physical, and spiritual skills. Their challenging assignments included thought provocative discussions, problem-solving activities, and team-building experiences, which ended in their daily prayer.
They contributed to local society by working with the farmers planting and harvesting the local crops, holding theatrical plays and musical performances, and organizing summer festivals for the townspeople.
By the time these girls graduated at the age of 14, they could move into their chosen vocation from agriculture, hospitality, retail, office work, or full home management and child care. They had an exact understanding of their responsibility and duties to their state and in their work place. It was a great honor to be chosen for Landjahr Lager.
"The author has presented in pedantic detail the daily experiences of her mother during her mandatory service in the Hitler Youth in a most compelling and easy to read way. From the time of her initiation until her completed training at Landjahr Lager Seidorf, the book brings to the reader new perspectives and an intimate first-hand accounting of the purpose, ideology and daily routines of the Hitler Youth Movement as experienced by Gertrude Kerschner. These details will dispel many possible misconceptions or skewed perspectives of the League of German Girls." ~ Paul E. Fischer, President - The German Cultural Society of Erie, PA ~
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