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Cook, Alice Hanson / Bavarian trade union youth
([1950])

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BAVARIAN TRADE UNION YOUTH
INTRODUCTION
The purpose of this experiment was to study one type of group
work in Germany, that being conducted by trade union youth, in
order to determine whether some principles and methods of American
group work might be fruitfully applied in the German situation.
I visited three Bavarian city trade union youth organizations
during the month of November, 1949, at Munich, Nuremberg, and
Augsburg at the request and with the warmest cooperation of the
Youth Secretaries there, and participated in the regular activities
of the groups during a full eight-day period in each city.
The point of view from which the experiment was undertaken
is that democratic group life built around people's primary interests
gives its participants a first hand experience in self-determination
and self-government. For the community at large this means that
such groups form the healthy cells of a democratic body politic.
NOTE: The views herein expressed are those of the author, and
do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the
U. S. High Commissioner for Germany.


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