Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, the Family and Nazi Politics

TitleMothers in the Fatherland: Women, the Family and Nazi Politics
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1987
AuthorsKoonz, Claudia
Number of Pages556
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
CityNew York

Despite what appears from a modern perspective to be a misogynistic approach to the "woman's question," the Nazi movement managed to appeal to large numbers of German women by exploiting their antipathetical reaction to the vocal women's rights movement and their negative perceptions of the late Weimar era. The Nazis tapped, among women as well as men, deep sentiments of nationalism, anticommunism, and disdain for democracy. Though the Nazis proscribed women from national politics and made careers in the professions difficult, the movement succeeded by ascribing to women their own sphere of traditional domestic and social service activities. Koonz's book provides a fascinating account of the leaders, organizations, and contributions of women in the movement.

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