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Women in Nazi Germany / Edition 1

Women in Nazi Germany / Edition 1

by Jill Stephenson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0582418364

ISBN-13: 9780582418363

Pub. Date: 10/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From images of jubilant mothers offering the Nazi salute, to Eva Braun and Magda Goebbels, women in Hitler’s Germany and their role as supporters and guarantors of the Third Reich continue to exert a particular fascination. This account moves away from the stereotypes to provide a more complete picture of how they experienced Nazism in peacetime and at war.

Overview

From images of jubilant mothers offering the Nazi salute, to Eva Braun and Magda Goebbels, women in Hitler’s Germany and their role as supporters and guarantors of the Third Reich continue to exert a particular fascination. This account moves away from the stereotypes to provide a more complete picture of how they experienced Nazism in peacetime and at war. What was the status and role of women in pre-Nazi Germany and how did different groups of women respond to the Nazi project in practice? Jill Stephenson looks at the social, cultural and economic organisation of women’s lives under Nazism, and assesses opposing claims that German women were either victims or villains of National Socialism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780582418363
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

List of tablesx
List of mapsx
Author's acknowledgementsxi
Publisher's acknowledgementsxii
Chronologyxiii
Mapsxviii
Part 1Introduction1
1German women and National Socialism3
Introduction3
The Nazis' inheritance6
Who were 'women in Nazi Germany'?11
Nazi ideology and its limitations16
Part 2Women in the Racial State21
2Reproduction, family, sexuality23
Reproduction as racial policy23
Marriage and motherhood in 'valuable' families27
Motherhood in 'hereditarily unhealthy' and 'asocial' families33
Birth control: contraception and abortion37
'Sexual deviants': single mothers, lesbians, prostitutes40
Wartime marriages and wartime liaisons46
3Women at work50
Patterns of employment from depression to war50
The employment question in wartime55
The modern economy: industry58
The modern economy: white-collar and clerical work61
The modern economy: the professions63
The traditional economy: domestic service65
The traditional economy: small-scale farming67
4Education, socialization, organization70
Education and opportunity70
Youth organizations75
Service schemes79
Non-Nazi women's organizations82
Nazi women's organizations: growth and 'co-ordination'83
Nazi 'women's work', 1934-3988
5The crisis of war94
War on the home front94
Bombing of towns96
Consumers and the 'black market'97
Migrants, evacuees and refugees100
Nazi women at war103
The last days of the war106
6Opponents, perpetrators and the persecuted109
Opposition and reprisals109
Perpetrators: warders, professionals, denunciators112
The persecuted: non-'Aryan' women116
The persecuted: inmates of prisons and camps118
The persecuted: non-German women workers121
Can women be classed as either victims or perpetrators?124
Part 3Assessment129
7Three issues: class, empowerment and international comparisons131
The salience of class in Nazi Germany131
Was there anything 'emancipatory' about the Nazi women's organizations?133
Were women in Nazi Germany discriminated against to a greater extent than women elsewhere?136
Part 4Documents139
Glossary181
Who's who184
References186
Guide to further reading195
Index199

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