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Documents - Gender, Family, and Generations
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1.   Hitler’s Speech to the National Socialist Women’s League (September 8, 1934)
On the surface, the National Socialist worldview [Weltanschauung] propagated a return to patriarchal values and traditional gender roles, and thus spoke to all those who believed that the....
2.   Reich Ministry of Labor Policy on the Rejection of Labor Conscription for Married Women (September 7, 1939)
Needless to say, the National Socialist idea of the world, which assigned women the role of housewife....
3.   Himmler’s Secret Directive to all Members of the SS and the Police on the Care of all Legitimate and Illegitimate Children of "Good Blood" (October 28, 1939)
The population policy of the Nazi regime, conceived on racial-biological grounds, pursued the “upbreeding”....
4.   Himmler’s Response to Complaints regarding his "Procreation Decree" of October 28, 1939 (January 30, 1940)
In 1939, neither the German public, nor the churches, nor various representatives of the state, the party, and the Wehrmacht were prepared to abandon their conservative social mores in favor of Himmler’s....
5.   Martin Bormann’s Note on "Safeguarding the Future of the German People" (January 29, 1944)
Even after he had consolidated his dictatorial rule, Hitler was always concerned with maintaining the loyalty and support of the German people. Thus, the most radical aspects of his population....
6.   Hans-Heinrich Lammers's Protocol of a Meeting during which Hitler, Bormann, and Others Rejected Equal Pay for Women (April 25, 1944)
The outbreak of war dramatically exacerbated the labor shortage that had already existed since the mid-thirties. Still, it was only in January of 1943 that German women were called upon to mobilize....
7.   Law on the Hitler Youth (December 1, 1936)
The education of youth was one of the leading priorities in the general mobilization of the population in the National Socialist spirit. The future of the German people was to rest on the shoulders....
8.   Second Execution Order to the Law on the Hitler Youth ("Youth Service Regulation") (March 25, 1939)
The Law on the Hitler Youth from 1936 was tightened through the Second Execution Order, the....
9.   SD Report on the Attitude of Young People towards the Nazi Party (August 12, 1943)
Supported by the Hitler Youth, National Socialism pushed its way into virtually every aspect of the lives of German youth. By doing so, it sought to create new generations of young people who were....
10.   Reich Ministry of Justice Report on the Emergence of "Youth Cliques and Gangs" and the Struggle against Them (early 1944)
The monopolistic and coercive nature of the Hitler Youth after 1933 was supposed to ensure that all children and young people conformed to National Socialism and were educated according to its principles.....
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