"For the older ones the Free German Youth was established. The scheme mirrored exactly the Nazis' Pimpfe for small children and the Hitler Youth for adolescents."

Celebrating the founding of the Berlin FDJ in Friedrichstadtpalast on 2 November 1947 – note the FDJ emblem on a banner behind the children
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCelebrating the founding of the Berlin FDJ in Friedrichstadtpalast on 2 November 1947 – note the FDJ emblem on a banner behind the children - Credit: Kolbe
The Free German Youth was known in Germany as the FDJ, the Freie Deutsche Jugend. This photograph shows the founding of the FDJ in Berlin on 2 November 1947 – children line up in front of a banner showing the FDJ emblem.

This piece on Spiegel Online reports on the recent re-emergence of the FDJ.