Nazi Policies And Historical Debate Of Holocaust Essay

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The Nazi State’s domestic policies and different historical interpretations of the holocaust The role of children and women and the debate about their status was a key aspect in Weimar society. Hitler and the Nazi’s had very clear ideas about what they wanted from both women and children; they used the passing of laws, combined with encouragement and propaganda to achieve their goals. Nazi policies began to appeal to people who had lost faith in Weimar; offering strong leadership, and gave them someone to blame; Jews and Weimar politicians. (Culpin, 2001) This essay will analyse the effectiveness and success of the domestic policies on the role of women and children in the Nazi State and evaluate the historical interpretations of the holocaust. Hitler believed a healthy, pure race would gain mastery in the struggle for survival in the world. From this came Hitler’s ideology of a ‘master race’; the ‘peoples community’ would be superior to all other communities because it would be made up of pure Germans; there would be no room for the disabled, non- Aryans, especially Jews and Gypsies in Hitler’s vision. The Nazi’s believed it was a women’s duty to be good mothers at home caring for their children, whilst the fathers went out to work. Hitler saw no grounds for women to work, apart from specialist jobs. The Nazi’s started by passing laws; women were removed from state employment; they could not work as civil servants, lawyers or judges. Many women teachers and all doctors lost their jobs. This freed up jobs for unemployed men thus helping the economy. (Spector, 2005). However, by 1937, Germany was short of workers and with men being called up to fight in the war, the shortage grew. Women were encouraged to take jobs. (Williamson, 2008) However, as Culpin states: “German women were never mobilised as much as women in Britain and German industry relied on slave

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