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History: Explain the reasons for the Nazi policies towards women?

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History: Explain the reasons for the Nazi policies towards women? In Germany, when Hitler came to power, the attitude toward women in Germany changed. There place in Germany society and the hierarchy shifted. The man was soon see as the dominate sex and Hitler's belief that women were naturally inferior to men was soon imposed of the German people. This shift in the position of women was for a number of reasons. This change in German thinking was achieved over a number of years through propaganda and policies introduced by the Nazi government. The overall reason the Nazis changed the place of German women was to create more Germans; this was done for 2 reasons, for war and for colonisation of the lebensraum (living space). ...read more.


As a wearer of this cross the mothers where entitled to a special salute from Hitler's Youth and had an honoured place at Nazi meetings. Hitler also made abortion illegal and restricted contraceptives and contraceptive advice all in a bid to increase the birth rate. Furthermore the Nazis also wanted to remove women from work. To encourage this there was a loan that was given to women who gave up work to get married. This was for firstly, to get unemployment down by removing women from being counted in the unemployment tallies, to show his leadership of Germany was working so he could produce propaganda without overstretching the credibility barrier, and secondly to free jobs up for men, who in his eyes where the naturally superior gender. ...read more.


Another reason for the policies that Nazis imposed toward women was to not only increase the birth rate but was to increase the birth-rate or racially pure Germans. This was done by preventing some people having children and then encouraging others to have children. The Nazis made a policy for the sterilisation of people with mental illnesses, hereditary diseases or showed anti-social behaviour such as alcoholism. By 1939 a total of 375,000 Germans had been forcibly sterilised to ensure that Germany was full of racially pure Germans. And after 1935 there was a law preventing Jewish women from marrying Aryan men. The Nazi obsession with race was very specific as well, with them wanting preferably tall people with blue eyes, blonde hair, muscular (in the case of men) and beautiful (the case of women). He wanted to conquer all he believed were the 'untermenchian' (inferior race). ?? ?? ?? ?? Robert Hammond History coursework ...read more.

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