Women's Role In Nazi Society

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Register to read the introduction… Child-bearing was encouraged in Germany, however this was only acceptable to the “Aryans” not the Jews. Hitler has implemented policies such as financial incentive marriage loans and special medals were given to women who gave birth to large families. He also made divorce difficult, abortion and contraception illegal in order to achieve his objective effectively. Also, women’s organizations were created to indoctrinate women with Nazi ideas such as “The German Women’s Enterprise”. These programs promoted cookery classes, marriage, motherhood and nationhood. The women’s organizations have had a major effect on Nazi women as it portrayed that Hitler made effective changes in order to develop women to be the mothers of a future, healthy generation. Hitler disliked clever, educated women and by 1933, women were restricted to hold any position of importance of professional jobs, while the men wore the uniforms and jackboots [ ]. Women were expected to stay home and make babies and hence Hitler’s radical policies from 1933-1939 has effectively been implemented in order to reinforce the male dominated Nazi view of women’s role in German …show more content…
“Before 1933 Germany was a democracy. Germany had fair elections; nobody had their right to vote abused; there were numerous political parties you could vote for”, Turman describes German politics before Hitler comes to power [ ]. As Hitler won chancellorship in 1933, The Enabling Act was passed which gave Hitler complete control over Gemany. The trade unions were abolished and were replaced by a German Labour Front (GLF), under Nazi Control in which the Nazis made strikes illegal and abolished laws governing minimum wages and maximum working hours. The GLF has provided benefits for workers, such as holiday leave, concerts and sporting events in which the working class have never experienced before. To protect employment, the GLF ensured no worker could be sacked on the spot but also ordered that no worker could leave their job without government permission [ …show more content…
Thus, the implementation of Hitler’s new policies in the period 1933-1939 has effectively transformed Germany society socially and culturally.

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