Women And Young People During Nazism

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To what extent did the lives of women and young people change under Nazism? To a certain extent, the lives of women and young people changed significantly under Nazism, however many ideas that the Nazis appeared to introduce had already existed in Germany before, they were simply exaggerated and enforced. Most of the Nazi’s views on women and their roles in society were traditional and old fashioned, the opposite of the liberal ways during Weimar Germany. Nazi’s believed that the younger generations were very important for the success of Germany, and so they concentrated on educating and brainwashing them from an early age. The Nazi’s were fixed on the idea that a woman’s role was at home, being a mother and a wife. They wanted women to have plenty of children so the birth rates would go up and Germany could form a large army and become a more powerful nation. Working class women were removed from factories and encouraged to stay at home, and middle class women were removed from their professions. They were urged to wear traditional clothing, and behave in a much less liberal way than was allowed during Weimar times. Many middle class women were unhappy about this, and after the freedoms and empowerment of women during Weimar they did not like the new constrictions – it seemed almost like a step back for them. However, financial incentives were given to women to stay home and have children, and awards were granted depending on how many children a woman had – the more children, the higher ranking the award. They were told that it was their responsibility to provide soldiers for the future. As a result of this, many more women became mothers than might have down normally. Married couples were encouraged to divorce if their partner was infertile and many women joined Nazi women’s organisations. However, in a lot of ways women’s lives were not affected so much by

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