The League of German Girls: Background information when reading Master Class

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Master Class

by Christina Dalcher

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Master Class by Christina Dalcher
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    Apr 2020, 336 pages
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The League of German Girls

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Members of the BDM, 1935 The socio-political climate of Christina Dalcher's Master Class mirrors, to an extent, that of Germany during its early years under the influence of the Nazi Party. Dalcher draws overt comparisons between the educational proclivities of the Nazis and those of the book's fictional state, which seeks to establish intellectual, political and social conformity through the manipulation of young people. Early in the novel, Elena's grandmother confesses that she was once a member of the League of German Girls, the female wing of the Hitler Youth. She recounts how during this period "School became very different…Girls who used to skip the rope and play other games together began to separate." Given the marked similarities between the stratification of children in Nazi Germany and that of the children in Master Class, this confession serves as a warning to both Elena and the reader of the government's sinister intentions.

Hitler believed that for the Nazi party to proliferate, it...

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