The National Socialistic upbringing in the League of German Girls uses paramilitary like disciplinary measures to build their loyalty and moral character. Coupled with neo-pagan rituals, songs, and folklore, Through Innocent Eyes captures the self-actualization of ten-year-old Gertrude as she progresses from childhood and living in poverty to adolescence and becoming "one" with her country. By age fourteen, Gertrude is chosen for Country Service Camp, called "Landjahr." Here, she will receive the very best rural education, for the Reich only wants the healthiest and strongest girls. In 1941, there are twenty-six thousand girls in Landjahr, and Gertrude Kerschner is one of them.
"This is the most authentic book I have read about the girls in the Hitler Youth. You capture the essence in detail." ~Irmgard M. Nagengast
"To be alive today and see a book written about our time in Landjahr Lager Seidorf brings back wonderful memories." ~ Eleanor (Nelly) Mohler ~ Landjahr Mädel
"What a beautiful tribute to your mother. I will always remember our time together in Landjahr as if it were yesterday." ~ Steffi Pucks ~ Landjahr Mädel
"Your book gives an intimate accounting of the Hitler Youth girls as seen through a child's eyes. This book takes me right back in time." ~ Ellie Musial ~ Landjahr Mädel