Remembering and Repressing German Women's Recollections of the ‘Ethnic Struggle’ in Occupied Poland during the Second World War.

TitleRemembering and Repressing German Women's Recollections of the ‘Ethnic Struggle’ in Occupied Poland during the Second World War.
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsHarvey, Elizabeth
EditorHagemann, Karen, and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum
Book TitleHome/Front: The Military, War and Gender in Twentieth-Century Germany
Pagination275–296
PublisherBerg
CityOxford, UK
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In this book chapter of the edited volume Home/Front: The Military, War and Gender in Twentieth-Century Germany, Elizabeth Harvey  explores the remembering and repressing of the 'ethnic struggle' in occupied Poland during the Second World War by the recollections of German women. Based on oral history interviews, the author comes to the conclusion that in their effort to claim personal independence, some German women working with ethnic Germans in Poland "found it possible to ignore the wider picture of Nazi rule and its consequences." They constructed their own work in the occupied Polish territories as teachers, social workers and nurses as a "civilization" mission in the East.

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