Women in the Nazi State

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Women in the Nazi State

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"The Cross of Honor for the German Mother"
To increase the birthrate, the Nazi regime ran a non-stop propaganda campaign that glorified starting a family and having children. One manifestation of the Nazi "cult of the mother" was the "Cross of Honor for the German Mother" (also known as the…

Reich Women’s Leader Gertrud Scholtz-Klink
Photo of Reich Women's Leader Gertrud Scholtz-Klink

Irma Grese (1923 - 1945)
Photo of Irma Grese, SS guard at the concentration camps of Ravensbrück and Auschwitz and warden of the women's section of Bergen-Belsen.

Female SS Guards after their Arrest in Bergen-Belsen
Photo of female SS guards after their arrest by British troops in Bergen-Belgen. Irma Grese is in the last row on the left.

The Aryan Family
The Aryan Family (undated) is a print after a painting by Wolfgang Willrich. It depicts what could be described as the quintessential Aryan family.
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