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Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst (FAD) / Reichsarbeitdienst der weiblichen Jugend (RAD-wJ) November 1st 1934 to 30 April 1935 (Album 1)

This is the photo album of a Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst (FAD) female member. The Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst was a voluntary labour organisation created in 1931 by Chancellor Brüning for non military, not for profit labour supply. Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst (FAD) was placed under the control of high ranking NSDAP member Konstantin Hierl. The Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst was eventually partially, and then completely, replaced by the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD). RAD also had a seperate womens wing Reichsarbeitdienst der weiblichen Jugend (RAD-wJ). The FAD required 6 months service from it's volunteers and that is what is outlined in this album, from November 1st 1934 to 30th April 1935. Both of these albums originate from the Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst Lager (Camp) at Tressentin, North Germany. Each album features different Arbeitsmaid throughout. Other locations featured are Warnow, Rostock & Kröpeliner Tor. There are an array of FAD & Arbeitsmaid uniforms and insignia, field uniforms winter and summer and more formal uniforms. Also the uniform of Helga Tro who was the The Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst Lg. Tressentin Maidenführerin & it's Maidenunterführerin 'Kate'. These albums are from an interesting and formative early period of NSDAP Germany and reflect a period when the NSDAP party were in the process of consolidating a myriad of organisations into more centralised structures. The Following organisations participated in the Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst; the Katholischer Jungmännerverband (Catholic Young Men's Federation), the Katholischer Gesellenverein (Catholic Journeymen's Association), the Werkjugend (Factory Youth), the Zentralverband der katholischen Jungfrauenvereinigungen (Central Federation of Catholic Young Women's Associations), the Jugendbund des Katholischen Deutschen Frauenbundes (Catholic German Women's League's Youth Organization), and the Katholisches Reichswerk (Catholic Reich Charity Organization. Late war the RAD contributed to the war effort directly. References -Freiwilliger Arbeitsdienst-Reichsarbeitdienst

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