Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, the Family and Nazi Politics

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Routledge, May 7, 2013 - History - 600 pages
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From extensive research, including a remarkable interview with the unrepentant chief of Hitler’s Women’s Bureau, this book traces the roles played by women – as followers, victims and resisters – in the rise of Nazism. Originally publishing in 1987, it is an important contribution to the understanding of women’s status, culpability, resistance and victimisation at all levels of German society, and a record of astonishing ironies and paradoxical morality, of compromise and courage, of submission and survival.

 

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Despite what appears from a modern perspective to be a misogynistic approach to the "woman's question,'' the Nazi movement managed to appeal to large numbers of German women by exploiting their ... Read full review

Contents

LOVE AND ORDER IN THE THIRD REICH
1
2 WEIMAR EMANCIPATION
19
3 NAZI WOMEN AND THEIR FREEDOM MOVEMENT
51
4 LIBERATION AND DEPRESSION
91
5 OLDTIMERS IN THE NEW STATE
125
6 THE SECOND SEX IN THE THIRD REICH
175
7 PROTESTANT WOMEN FOR FATHERLAND AND FÜHRER
221
8 CATHOLIC WOMEN BETWEEN POPE AND FÜHRER
265
WOMEN WHO SAID NO
307
10 JEWISH WOMEN BETWEEN SURVIVAL AND DEATH
345
WOMEN NAZIS AND MORAL CHOICE
385
EPILOGUE
421
NOTES
431
BIBLIOGRAPHY
515
INDEX
543
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Claudia Koonz is Professor of History at Duke University

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