Friday, January 28, 2005

The man from R.A.D
What does a photo really tell you? judging from this one we're looking at a hard-core Nazi complete with blond hair and swastika armband.

In fact we're looking at one of the millions of unemployed Germans who, after the Nazi take over, were drafted into the Reichs Arbeits Dienst (National Labour Service).

From 1935 membership was compulsory for all able bodied Germans not employed elsewhere and the RAD was simply the solution to unemployment for the Nazi state.

In the RAD men and women were placed under millitary discipline and used for a wide number of menial jobs. Farmwork and digging holes for the famous Autobahns were some of them and since the RAD relied on manual labour instead of using machinery, hundreds and thousands of people were needed.
This also meant they conveniently disappeared from the unemployment statistics.

In a Nazi state the term "Let them dig ditches" was taken literally.

When WW II began most RAD members were sent to the armed forces and forced labourers from the occupied countries took over instead.

Babe - Nudist magazines was a genre of it's own in the 30's, 40's and 50's since it was a legitimate way of showing naked men and women.
In reality they had very little to do with the nudist lifestyle - the point was to show some skin n' fur.

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