Women and the Nazis

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  • Women and the Nazis
    • Women's role was to have as many children as possible
      • "Set the husband free": if a woman already had lots of children she should let her husband go an get other women pregnant
        • Three Ks: Kinder, Kircher and Kuche - children, church and cooking
    • Within months of Hitler coming into power, many female doctors, teachers, lawyers and judges were sacked
      • Men could take over these jobs so there would be reduce in unemployment figures
      • Getting qualifications and a professional job was discouraged
      • Women were banned from jury service as they were too emotional
    • Smoking, make-up, trousers, high-heels and dyeing hair was seen as unladylike
    • Loans
      • Newly married couples were given loans equivalent to a year's wages to encourage them to have children
        • On the birth of their first child they could keep a quarter of the loan and then another 1/4 for the second child and so on until they had 4 children
    • Nazis banned contraception and abortions
      • They even discourages slimming as it was believed that being slim was not good for getting pregnant
    • The Motherhood Medal was awarded to women who had the most children
      • Women who had 8 children were given the Gold Cross
        • These awards were given out on the 12th August - Hitler's mother's birthday
    • Lebensborn: an SS initiated state- supported, registered association in Nazi Germany set up in 1935
      • It aimed to raise the birth rate of "Aryan" children via extramarital relations of people classified as being racially pure
      • Some called them maternity homes whilst others called them brothels
      • Unmarried women would go there with the intention of getting pregnant by SS soldiers
        • Children would be adopted by likewise racially pure and healthy parents particularly SS members and their families once born by anonymous unmarried women


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