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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.
Part One: Introduction. 1. German women and national socialism. Part Two: Women in the racial state. 2. Reproduction, family, sexuality. 3. Women at work. 4. Education, socialization, organization. 5. The crisis of war
6. Opponents, perpetrators. Part Three: Assessment. 7. Three issues: class, empowerment and international comparisons. Part Four: Documents.