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Women In Nazi Germany Essay

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The women in Nazi Germany had a very specific role set up for them. The specifications of their job consisted of revolving around their house duties, their husbands and their children. Most of the income in the family would come from the husband, while back at home, the women would tidy up and keep everything in place. The encouragement of marrying at a young age, and getting a proper family dates back to 1933, from when Hitler first rose to power, and the Law for the Encouragement of Marriage was introduced. This law specified that all newly married couples would get a government loan of 1000 marks which was about 9 months average income. This loan was not to be simply paid back. The birth ...view middle of the document...

The Second stage was Bund Deutscher Madel (14-17) which introduced the girls into motherhood and the responsibilities of it. Unlike the boys, the girls did not have the opportunity to go into an elite formation. They mostly taught the essentials of becoming a good mother and encouraged the girls to quit school which they are currently enrolled in to. In these programs, they have taught the girls subject such as domestic science and racial biology in order for their future knowledge about the jews. They have also encouraged physical exercises in order to have all of the girls healthy and eligible of becoming a mother. With propaganda received from the education ministries, the girl’s lives were set by the government as they saw all of the laws and policies as a benefit to them and their future families.

As the girls grew, they have learned the standards of the ideal woman. As to all of the nazi ideology, they would have to be racially pure and physically healthy. As for being ‘Aryan’, they would have to be tall, thin, blonde and blue-eyed and have an ideal body for carrying children. In September 1934, Adolf Hitler has made a speech to the National Socialist Women’s Organization, where he argued that for the german woman “world is her husband, her family, her children, and her home”. With this statement, he is reemphasizing the previous propaganda made and linking back to the three K’s; Kinder, Küche, Kirche. These were introduced by the former emperor William the II of Germany, which meant; Children, Kitchen, Church. The aspect of the Children and the Kitchen were more stressed upon in the Third Reich. In 1939, a specific award has been introduced to Germany which would recognize a woman’s success in motherhood, and how she has showed an excellent example of raising four or more healthy and perfect children, these women would be awarded with the Cross of Honor of the German Mother. The medals varied from bronze to gold, eligible mothers who have raised eight or more children have been awarded with gold. This sort of recognition would praise the women of Germany and would celebrate all of their accomplishments which they were destined to do. In 1933, Magda Gobbles declared: "German women were excluded from three professions: the army, as elsewhere in the world; the government; and the judiciary. If a German girl must choose between marriage or a career, she will always be encouraged to marry, because that is what is best for a woman”. Even if nazi ideology has worked smoothly in Germany, this would restrict the women in various ways, preventing them from becoming who they desire to be.

As to many restrictions profession wise, the women in Germany were also prohibited of many other items, such as the use of make up. In 1933, meetings of NSBO (National Sozialistischer Betriebs Obman, the women's section of the German Workers' Front) proclaimed that women who were “painted and powdered were forbidden at all meetings of the NSBO....

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