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Mothers in the Fatherland Women, the Family and Nazi Politics by Claudia Koonz

Mothers in the Fatherland Women, the Family and Nazi Politics

Part of the Routledge Library Editions: Women's History Series


Mothers in the Fatherland Women, the Family and Nazi Politics by Claudia Koonz

From extensive research, including a remarkable interview with the unrepentant chief of Hitler's Women's Bureau, this book traces the roles played by women - as followers, victims and resisters - in the rise of Nazism. Originally publishing in 1987, it is an important contribution to the understanding of women's status, culpability, resistance and victimisation at all levels of German society, and a record of astonishing ironies and paradoxical morality, of compromise and courage, of submission and survival.


Reviews from the original edition: 'A splendidly thorough analysis (thought it often reads like a story) of an element of Nazism which has rarely been properly examined.

'A fascinating and intensely personal new study of women in Nazi Germany...a crucial insight into the role of women in that ruthless anti-feminist regime.'

'The first thorough treatment of women's collaboration in the madness and evil of Adolf Hitler's Germany...powerful, reflective and cathartic.'
Chicago Tribune

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Publication date

4th July 2014


Claudia Koonz

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


600 pages


Social & cultural history

Fascism & Nazism
European history



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