German American Vocational League

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German-American Vocational League, Inc., also known as Deutsch - Amerikanische Berufsgemeinschaft (DAB), was a German-American social and trade union associated with the German Labor Front in National Socialist Germany. In 1936 the German American Vocational League was created and became a subsidiary of the German American Bund. The DAB grew from the German-American Commercial League, Inc. which was incorporated in New York in 1928.[1]

The DAB maintained active branches in Rochester, Newark, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. They had 2,000 members throughout the country.[2] These branches were used as propaganda outlets to the American people in praising National Socialism and promoting isolationism.

Several of the leaders of the DAB were indicted and later convicted as being in unregistered agents of the New Germany.

The group published two magazines Der Deutsche in Nord-Amerika in German and In Retrospect in English.

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Boys and girls in uniform at the German American Vocational League building in New York City and at Camp Bergwald.

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  1. Business Summary for GERMAN AMERICAN VOCATIONAL LEAGUE, INC.
  2. The News and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina) “158 Aliens Taken In Raids By F.B.I.” July 12, 1942

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