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Explain the reasons for Nazi Policies towards women

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Calum Robertson 11TE 29th September 2004 History Coursework Volksgermeinschaft Explain the reasons for Nazi Policies towards women When the Nazis, led by Adolf Hitler were in power in Germany, they had certain policies towards the female sex - namely that they were to be housewives, and that all with jobs should give them up as to open up more spaces for the men, to make it seem that he is solving the unemployment problem that was caused by the Wall Street Crash, the First World War and the Depression- his officially given reason for this was so the women could concentrate more on raising the children in a good, healthy, Nazi environment, and to make sure they are taught all of the Nazi ideals- so that when they become adults they will continue to support either Hitler or his successor in the "Thousand Year Reich", or "Thousand Year Reign", as it would be very difficult to achieve such a feat without the support of all generations- because the people who are children now, will in twenty years be part of the German population that are voting either for or against Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party. ...read more.

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If they have a second child they are allowed to keep another quarter... now making it five hundred marks that they have received for free. If they have a third, they get another quarter, and if they have four children then they no longer have to pay back any of the loan. This made newlywed couples feel more strongly towards having many children, as there is now financial gain from it. Another way of how a woman having many children assists her with financial troubles is the money paid to couples by both the government and the Nazi party if she is a member of it. These payments are given per child and monthly, and can often be more money than the husband earns in the same period of time. It is clear that all of Hitler's propaganda used to make women want to have more children worked, because the birth rate increased from fifteen per thousand in 1933 to twenty per thousand in 1939. There was also an increase in pregnancies outside marriage. These girls were looked after in state maternity hospitals. Despite all of Hitler's efforts to stop women from working, and to concentrate on raising the children and running the home, in ...read more.

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This quotation shows that while it was obvious that Hitler did not want women working, the position and pressure under which he was he had to make some decisions that he was not happy about, and even his closest followers would not know whether he would agree or disagree on particular ideas or statements. In conclusion, I believe that the reasons for Nazi policies towards women were to keep the Volksgermeinschaft (People's Community) correct and complete, with women as mothers and housewives. Despite this, when put under pressure Hitler had to go against his own ideals, but given a chance I imagine that he would not have done so. As well as this, another role of women was to have many children as possible. Also to teach their children about Hitler's ideals, and therefore to continue the "Thousand year Reich". To keep women doing this, Hitler and the Nazis would have to have some control over the women, and they did this through Propaganda. The main reason for the Nazi policies towards women is, in conclusion, so they would have more children and there would therefore be a larger quantity of able-bodied young men available and ready to fight for their country and Fuehrer in the future, when these young children have grown into adults. ...read more.

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