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Germany – Nazi Germany, 1933-45

8. Women

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In this module, we think about the role and treatment of women in Nazi Germany, focusing in particular on: (i) the different treatment of women depending on their (perceived) race, their physical and mental health, and their class; (ii) the impact the Law for the Reduction of Unemployment (June 1933), which offered loans to women who gave up their jobs after they marriage; (iii) the impact of the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring, which provided for the forced sterilisation of more than 400,000 Germans with ‘hereditary diseases’; (iv) the extent to which women were victims of the regime; and (v) the kinds of roles that women played in support of the regime, especially as teachers, nurses, social workers and secretaries.


In this course, Professor Neil Gregor (University of Southampton) explores several aspects of Nazi Germany, 1933-45. In the first module, we think about the ideology of the Nazi Party, before turning in the second module to consider Hitler’s rise to power. In the third module, we think about the nature of the Nazi government, before moving on in the fourth module to consider Nazi foreign policy in the period 1933-41. In the fifth module, we think about German opposition to the Nazi regime, while in the sixth module we consider the role of terror in overcoming this opposition. In the seventh module, we think about the extent to which ordinary Germans supported Hitler and the Nazi regime, before turning in the eighth module to consider the role of treatment of women in Nazi Germany. In the ninth module, we think about Nazi education and culture and its importance in promoting Nazi ideology, before turning in the tenth module to the Holocaust.


Neil Gregor is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Southampton. His research interests range widely across twentieth-century German history, and have encompassed, at various points, aspects of business history, social history, cultural history and literary studies, along with historiography. His recent publications include (as editor) Dreams of Germany: Musical Imaginaries from the Concert Hall to the Dance Floor. (2019) and How to Read Hitler (2014).

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