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Throughout the time of Hitler’s dictatorship in Germany he aimed at moulding such groups to his ideology. One of these groups was women, for women were the most fundamental aspect in Hitler achieving his future aims, like the “Thousand Year Reich”. The women would provide the future generation to continue the Reich’s existence. As they had the advantage of producing children they could not only ensure this existence but furthermore justify the regimes idea of Lebensraum [living space]. Therefore they were of a major interest to Hitler. Nazi attitudes towards the women were extreme, believing that men and woman had distinct roles. Through women were not inferior, they were in fact different. Women should only pursue “natural occupations” such as mothers and wife’s and they should one pursue a pure domestic role in society. Hitler also went to the extent of doing such pointless things such as changing mothers days date to his mother’s birthday on August 12th, though many other policies were more drastic and had huge effects on the life of Germany’s women.

Political policies were introduced in relation to women. Women were banned from ordinary membership of the party but united organisations were set up to ensure women were not alienated and to promote Nazi ideology about the important role of women. The first was the establishment of the Women’s Front by Robert Lye on May 1Oth 1939. There was 23O women’s organisations within Germany of which were to integrate into this or be disbanded. The NSF [Nazi women group] was the elite organisation set up for women in hope of promoting “education and integration of all female forces for the good of the nation!” Women were to be educated culturally, politically and spiritually in the Nationalist spirit. The German Workers Enterprise was created in September 1933. The organisation had a more practical aim than the NSF devoting its energies into training and supporting mother courses. Women were also excluded from positions of power therefore being able to be a local/national representative and no Nazi deputy in the Reichstag was female. The role of women was not a political one; it was to stay at home, look after the husband and produce Aryan children who were to be brought up in the ‘Nazi way’. The women weren’t to play an active part as believed that it would hinder their role of a wife. Therefore they sacked all women from local or state


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