Women in the Third Reich

ISBN-10: 0340761040
ISBN-13: 9780340761045
Edition: 2003
Authors: Matthew Stibbe
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 7/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

The importance of gender as a category of analysis is now very widely accepted, but there has been a slowness to bring it to bear in general interpretative surveys of Nazi Germany. This new study aims to remedy the omission, to reintroduce as actors on the historical stage that half of the German population who were female. This volume asks why such a sizeable proportion was ready to rally around a movement both blatantly anti-feminist and determined to exclude women from public life; how ordinary Germans translated Nazi beliefs into action; and what, other than gender, influenced their political choices between 1933 and 1945.

List of Tables
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
The Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis
The position of women after the First World War
Nazism and the 'women question' in the 1920s
The impact of the economic depression
The Nazi seizure of power
The incorporation of women into the Nazi state
The DFW and the women's 'work of the nation'
Nazi propaganda and the ideal Nazi woman
Strength through joy
The policing of female sexuality and the reproductive sphere
The impact of Nazi racial policies
Nazi policies towards the Jews
'Mixed' marriages and 'mixed' partnerships
The 'hereditary ill', 'asocials' and others 'unworthy of life'
Women as agents of Nazi racial policy
Women and work
Women and the labour market in the 1930s
Women and the wartime labour force
Jewish women and forced labour
Civilian deportees, prisoners of war, concentration camp inmates
Education, youth, opportunity
Education and opportunity
The BDM - League of German Maidens
Labour service schemes
German youth at war, 1939-1945
Opposition and resistance
Types of opposition and resistance
Organised resistance
Opposition and non-conformity in everyday life
German-Jewish women in hiding and in the concentration camps
From total war to defeat and military occupation
War on the home front: rationing and its impact
Marriage, divorce and sexual relations at time of war
Denunciations and their consequences
The bombing of German towns
The last weeks of the war and the first days of peace
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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