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Women of the Third Reich
Sigmund, Anna Maria.
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Frauen der Nazis. English
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Richmond Hill, Ont. : NDE Pub., [2000]

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236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Hitler and the "German woman" -- Carin Goering -- Emmy Goering -- Magda Goebbels -- Leni Riefenstahl -- Gertrud Scholtz-Klink -- Geli Raubal -- Eva Braun -- Henriette von Schirach.
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DD245 .S5413 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This groundbreaking work examines the official Nazi portrayal of women in the Third Reich as well as the real lives of eight women who were a part of the Nazi regime or played a role in its ascendancy. Many women in German high society were fascinated by Adolf Hitler and helped him to achieve political power, while women like filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl were fueling Hitler's propaganda machine. The private lives of Hitler's assistants' wives are also explored -- revealing Magda Goebbels's complicity in the murder of her six children in 1945, Carin and Emmy Goring's relations with their morphine-addicted husbands, and the knowledge that Margaret Himmler had of her husband's actions as leader of the SS.

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Sigmund (Institute for Austrian Historical Research) highlights the discrepancies that existed between the National Socialists' vision of womanhood and the women closest to Adolf Hitler. If the former lauded volkisch nationalism, domesticity, and Nordic features as desirable feminine qualities, the latter included career women, readers of serial novels and Hollywood magazines, and beauties at variance with the "Aryan" ideal. Exploring the lives of Carin and Emmy Goring, Magda Goebbels, Leni Riefenstahl, Gertrud Scholtz-Klink (the Reich Women's Leader), Geli Raubal (Hitler's niece), Eva Braun, and Henriette Hoffmann von Schirach, Sigmund sets public events in Nazi Germany within the private context of marriage and family. Hitler emerges by turns as doting paterfamilias and skillful manipulator. Studies by Jill Stephenson, Claudia Koonz, Renate Bridenthal, and Gisela Bock discuss German women's history in more depth than what Sigmund offers here. Though well illustrated, the English version omits Hitler's nude sketches of his niece, which would seemingly contradict the author's characterization of their relationship as platonic. NDE Publishing did a poor job of translating and copyediting the book, including a mistranslation of the German title, Die Frauen der Nazis. Recommended for all collections. J. R. White American University