How did the Nazi's rule affect women in Nazi Germany?

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 How did the Nazi’s rule affect women in Nazi Germany?

It has been told that before the 20th century the lives of German women were to e lived around the three K’s, kinder (children’), kirche (church), and kuche (kitchen).This meant that women did not have a role in politics, social and economical life. Their life was at home.

        However this changed during the first 30 years of the 20th century. Due to the industry growing and the war effort of 1914-1918 meant that most women had to go to work in factories and offices because the men were not there and work still needed to be done. The high number in germen men killed left a post war gap. It has been told that 2million women who might have married were forced to remain single due to the circumstances left behind by the war. Most of these women took up jobs instead and made their lives around work. Attitudes in Germany had changed. German women became much more independent and were allowed to think differently. The three K’s were no longer lived around.

        This however didn’t fit into what the Nazi’s were thinking. Ever since the Nazi’s started in the 1920’s, the Nazi’s had barred women from membership. Women in their eyes were to be seen in the background as a shadow, they were to be known for their relationships to men, they didn’t matter. Nazism was a very strong male movement physically and mentally. The Nazi’s emphasised on struggle, toughness, and life such as in the SA, this left no place for what a woman could offer.

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        Adolf Hitler had the most old fashioned opinion of women. He’s new plans for Germany included nothing advance for women. He stated at a Nuremberg Party rally in 1934:

“If the man’s world is said to be the state, his struggle, his readiness to devote his powers to the service of the community, then it may be said that the woman’s is a smaller world. For her world is her husband, her children, her home. The two worlds are not antagonistic. They complement each other, they belong together just as women and men belong together”

He simply did ...

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