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Why did the Nazis focus on physical education for girls
and how does this fit in with their vision of the
primary role of women within society?
Hitler writing in Mein Kampf
"In the education of girls in the German state the
emphasis must be placed primarily on physical education;
only after that should the spiritual and mental values be
considered. The one goal always kept in mind when
educating girls is that some day they aim to be mothers."…read more

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According to Hitler, why should German women have as
many children as possible?
From Hitler's speech at the Nuremberg Rally of 8th September 1934
The world of a woman is her husband, her children, her
house. But where would the greater world be if there was
no one to care for the small world?
Every child that a woman brings into the world is a battle
fought for the existence of her people.
Which of Hitler's main ideas regarding the family are being
shown here?…read more

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How did Hitler encourage the growth of families?
How does this fit in with Nazi ideas regarding the family?
Taken from www.schoolhistory.co.uk
When Hitler came to power in 1933, he introduced a `Law
for the Encouragement of Marriage'. The law said that the
government would give all newly married couples loans of
1000 marks (about nine months wages). When the first
child was born, the couple could keep a quarter of the
money. On the birth of the second child, they could keep
the second quarter. They could keep the third quarter on
the birth of their third child, and the entire amount on
the birth of a fourth.…read more

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How does knowledge of the Reichs Mother Service
reinforce the conclusions that you have already reached
regarding the expected role of women within Germany
after 1933?
Frau Gertrud Scholtz-Klink the Nazi Women's leader in 1938.
In 1933 we set up the Reichs Mother Service to train
women. The object of such training is to teach them about
their great duties: upbringing and education of their
children and domestic and economic tasks.
Domestic tasks: Economic tasks:…read more

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What does this source tell you about the importance that
Hitler placed upon women starting a family?
Why was this seen as being so important?
For outstanding service in the fight against a falling
birth rate.
Bronze = four children
Silver = six children
Gold = eight children
The Mutterkreuz (The Mother Cross)…read more

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