The NS upbringing of the girls in the BDM uses paramilitary like disciplinary measures to build their moral character. "Through Innocent Eyes" captures the self-actualization of 10 year old Gertrude as she progresses from childhood to adolescence and becomes 'one' with her country. At 14, Gertrude travels over 700km to "Landjahr Lager.” Here, she will receive the very best rural education. In 1941, there are twenty-six thousand girls in Landjahr, and Gertrude Kerschner is one of them.
Through Innocent Eyes - The Chosen Girls of the Hitler Youth by Cynthia A. Sandor