Women and the Family in Nazi Germany

Louisa Wania
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Women and the Family in Nazi Germany
1 Aims of Nazi Policies:
1.1 Wanted German families to have more children, seeing as this would give Germany a larger army and help it to become world power
1.2 The Three K's
1.2.1 Kinder (children), Kueche (kitchen), Kirche (church)
1.2.2 Believed women belonged in the home
1.2.3 Wanted women to fulfill traditional roles as wives and mothers
2 Development:
2.1 Weimar Germany liberated women
2.1.1 They had equal rights with men, e.g. voting,
2.1.2 Many women worked for a living
2.2 Nazi propaganda based around the image of an ideal woman
2.2.1 Look after her husband and children
2.2.2 Would not wear make-up
2.2.3 Would not smoke
2.2.4 Would not wear trousers
2.2.5 Would be Aryan, fit and healthy
2.2.6 Ideally would have lots of children
2.3 Women were actively encouraged to have bigger families
2.3.1 Women were discouraged from entering the workplace
2.3.2 Loans were available to married women who agreed not to work
2.3.3 More maternity benefits and family allowences
2.3.4 Birth control and abortion banned
2.3.5 Awards given to women with many children, e.g. the Honour Cross of the German Mother
2.3.6 Single Aryan women could agree to have a child with an Aryan SS soldier and would be awarded for this
3 Non-Aryan Women
3.1 Nazi Policy towards these women was the opposite to Aryan women
3.2 Wanted birth rate to fall or stop
3.2.1 Almost 100,000 women forcibly streralised under the law for the prevention of diseased offspring
3.2.1.1 E.g. women with genetic conditions, prostitutes, alcoholics, gypsies, etc.
4 Rearmament
4.1 As war became more likely, women were needed in work
4.1.1 Particularly in factories and on farms
4.2 Far less German women worked as part of the war effort than women in other countries
4.3 War work became compulsory for adult women in 1942
5 How successful?
5.1 Numbers of working women fell dramatically
5.2 Birth rate didn't boom as much as Nazis intended it to; it boomed far more in the 1920's
5.3 Rearmament forced the Nazis to backtrack on their policy about women in the workplace
5.4 Racial policy was successful. "Impure" were stopped from having children by sterelising them of killing them and their children

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