Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

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Random House, Oct 3, 2013 - History - 288 pages
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A shocking and timely reminder of the role Nazi women played in the Holocaust, not only as plunderers and direct witnesses, but on the Eastern Front.

History has it that the role of women in Nazi Germany was to be the perfect Hausfrau and a loyal cheerleader for the Führer. However, Lower’s research reveals an altogether more sinister truth.

Lower shows us the ordinary women who became perpetrators of genocide. Drawing on decades of research, she uncovers a truth that has been in the shadows – that women too were brutal killers and that, in ignoring women’s culpability, we have ignored the reality of the Holocaust.

‘Shocking’ Sunday Times

‘Compelling’
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‘Pioneering’
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Wendy Lower's book offers some superb insights, and not just the much overlooked role of women in Nazi genocide. It also provides a better understanding of the psychology of the perpetrators as well ... Read full review

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User Review  - GennaC - LibraryThing

Lower's dark and devastating account of how German women were seduced by and swept up in the nationalist fervor of the Nazi movement proves how history has ignored the role of women in the Holocaust ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Wendy Lower is the John K. Roth Chair of History at Claremont McKenna College and former research associate of the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitat in Munich. A historical consultant for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, she has conducted archival research and field work on the Holocaust for twenty years. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, CA, and Munich, Germany.