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From the introduction:
For a student of Group Work in the United States to write a thesis on the youth organization in Nazi Germany may seem, on first thought, to be a rather far-fetched and impractical study. However, given the present world crisis, and given the significance of the Nazi youth organization in this crisis, and given the to-be-presumed Allied victory with its implications of re-eduction and re-construction---a study of the Nazi youth seems bien apropos. For it may be postulated that only in proportion as the Nazi youth organization is understood---in its antecedents, its development, and in being--in that proportion will a basis be laid for constructive work with Nazi youth after the war. The writer does not presume to discover a panacea for the problems of Nazi youth; she does believe that to have made a beginning of study on the subject is a worthwhile contribution to the field of Group Work and to thought on post-war problems.
Copyright Elizabeth Spencer
Spencer, Elizabeth, "The Nazi Youth Organization" (1943). Selected Historical Documents. 2.