National Socialist German Students' League

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National Socialist German Students' League
Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund.svg
Formation 1926
Extinction 1945
Type School monitoring organization
Legal status Defunct, Illegal
Region served
Nazi Germany
Parent organization
Nazi Party

The National Socialist German Students' League (German: Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund, abbreviated NSDStB) was founded in 1926 as a division of the Nazi Party with the mission of integrating University-level education and academic life within the framework of the National Socialist worldview. Organized (as with other departments of the Nazi Party) strictly in accord with the Führerprinzip (or "leader principle") as well as the principle of Machtdistanz (or "power distance"), the NSDStB housed its members in so-called Kameradschaftshäusern (or "Fellowship Houses"), and (from 1930) had its members decked out in classic brown shirts and its own distinctive Swastika emblems.

After Germany's defeat in World War II, the Nazi Party along with its divisions and affiliated organisations were declared "criminal organizations" and banned by the Allied Control Council on September 10, 1945.[1]

Bundes- and Reichsführer of the NSDStB, 1926-1945


Other notable members

  • Kurt Waldheim, later Secretary General of the United Nations, President of Austria


  1. Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP) 1933-1945
  2. Andreas Raith, Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Studentenbund (NSDStB), 1926-1945, in: Bavarian history dictionary, 28 Feb 2011. Here: p.4

See also

Further reading

  • Anselm Faust: Der Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Studentenbund. Studenten und Nationalsozialismus in der Weimarer Republik, 2. Bde. Schwann Düsseldorf 1973 ISBN 3-7895-0153-0 and ISBN 3-7895-0152-2
  • Michael Grüttner: Studenten im Dritten Reich, Schöningh Paderborn 1995 ISBN 3-506-77492-1