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Explain The Reasons For Nazi Policies Towards Women

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Explain the reasons for Nazi policies towards womenIntroductionAdolf Hitler had the idea of a perfect German woman; they should have blue eyes, blonde hair, and broad hips for having children and also to be athletic. Her role in the home would be to raise many children, look after her family and be a good homemaker and cook using leftovers. He thought of them to be inferior to the German men, he forced the women out of their professional jobs to return to the old-fashioned housewife duties and mother of future Germany. Hitler believed that the only use of women was to look after the home and as child bearers to future soldiers and Nazis of Germany. The Nazi Party claimed that they believed in the equality of men and women, but they believed that men and women should have very different roles to play in German society Women were to be housewives and obedient women. An Aryan woman's purpose was to look after the children, clean, cook and to be a good wife. Hitler said that women had 3 important things in life's KKK K=Children K=Church K=Kitchen. Women found themselves forced to stay at home and do the KKK. There was an organisation called the 'Weutsches Frauenwerk' (German Women's Enterprise.) This prepared Mother's Schools to train women for household and parenting skills. The women took part in courses, lectures and radio programmes on household topics.The Nazis policies were based on two fears; the German population was growing too slowly, making Germany vulnerable of its faster breeding neighbours; Poland and Russia. Also the German people were becoming racially impure due to intermarriage with 'inferior' groups like the Jews and Slavs. So the Nazis set up a Policy of encouraging births and preventing racial mixing. Hitler was worried about the population and economy, especially after the war as it left Germany with fewer soldiers and less money.Nazi policies towards women:To make them have as many children as possible and to increase the Aryan population.Young girls were brought up to believe that child-bearing was their job. That they should settle down as soon as possible with a husband and to beget as many children as they could. Women were encouraged to have as many children as possible, when women had 5 children they were awarded with a bronze medal, silver for 6 or 7 and gold for 8 or more. These medals would be awarded at a ceremony held every year on Hitler's mother's birthday, it was known as the mothers cross. To encourage them further, the Nazis gave financial incentives, for example marriage loans and birth grants for each child born the loan was cut by a quarter. On the birth of a second child, the repayment was cut by half. After four children they owed nothing. This would encourage the women to have children to escape from debts and to pay off loans.Laws against abortion were strictly enforced. During 1934-38 the conviction rate of crimes associated with abortion rose by fifty percent. Birth control clinics were closed down and...

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