Social Impact of the Nazi State

Women and the nazis

Youth and the Nazis

Economic changes within Germany

Persecution of Jews including the Final solution

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Social Impact of the Nazi State
Nazi Policies towards Women and the Young:
Women:
During the Weimar government:
During the Weimar Republic, women had experienced much freedom, gaining in power in work and
politics. Somewhat liberation for women in the 1920s as women wore make ­up and dressed
according to the fashion trends.
19331937:
Role within:
Employment:
Girls were discouraged to go to university so they did not have the qualifications needed for
a professional job.
In 1933 the law for the encouragement of marriage was introduced. This produced loans to
help young couples to marry as long as the wife left her job.
Family:
Restore traditional roles through massive propaganda campaign that relates to the ideal Nazi mother.
Women as baby making machines
Huge propaganda campaign to encourage motherhood and large families.
Government offered loans to new brides who agreed not to take a job and 800,000 women
did so.
Women were encouraged to stop smoking, stop losing weight and to do lots of sports and
physical activity.
Young women, especially those newly married, could attend mothercraft and homecraft
classes to learn how to be good mothers.
Society:
Attitude towards women was summarised by slogan:
Kinder (Children) Kirche (Church) Kuche (Kitchen)

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To help encourage women to have lots of children, the Nazi introduced the `Honour Cross
of the German Mother'.
8 children = Gold
6 children = Silver
4 children = Bronze
The `ideal' Nazi Mother
Did not go to work ­ women were banned from working in civil service jobs and as doctors
in 1933 and from working as lawyers in 1936. 15% of female teachers were sacked.
Working women, especially young working women, were seen as immoral.…read more

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Hitler Youth:
Hitler Youth membership became compulsory for all over 17s in 1939. But By 1939,
82% of boys and girls aged 1018 were members of Hitler Youth groups.
Youth groups insured that the Nazi message was being put across to children 24/7.
Children were genuinely attracted to the youth groups, and peer pressure was a huge
factor in this.
Hitler Youth BOYS:
Targeted from an early age.
Focus on sports, camping, outdoor survival, marching and weaponary.…read more

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Hitler rearmed the German army which was in secret at first but in 1935 conscription was
re introduced. In 1936 Goering's 4 year plan was to prepare the country for war.
Industrial production increased to help war effort to make Germany self sufficient and not
reliant on foreign goods
In July 1935 it was compulsory for all men between 18 and 25 to serve 6 months in the
National Labour service. It removed thousands from unemployment figures but was
unpopular as it had low wages.…read more

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Jews were no longer allowed to run shops or businesses.…read more

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