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Germans into JewsRemaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic$
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Sharon Gillerman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804757119

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804757119.001.0001

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Rescuing “Endangered Youth”: Youth Welfare and the Project of Bourgeois Social Reform

Rescuing “Endangered Youth”: Youth Welfare and the Project of Bourgeois Social Reform

(p.107) Four Rescuing “Endangered Youth”: Youth Welfare and the Project of Bourgeois Social Reform
Germans into Jews
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This chapter takes as a case study the pupils who were incarcerated and subjected to strict regimes of discipline at two institutions created specifically for “endangered” Jewish youth: the boys' home at Repzin (which later moved to Wolzig) and the girls' home at Köpenick. It compares the gender- and class-specific social norms that determined how the violations committed by girls and boys were defined, and how their “social therapy” aimed at bringing about their investment in middle-class norms and ideals. Though the institutions were Jewish, the goals for the rehabilitation of these young people were virtually identical to those of non-Jewish youth welfare programs: the creation of economically and socially productive members of society.

Keywords:   youth welfare, Jewish youth, at-risk youth, social norms, social therapy, rehabilitation

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