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Hitler's Housewives (Hardback)

German Women on the Home Front

WWII P&S History Hitler & the Third Reich Women of History

By Tim Heath
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 232
Illustrations: 28
ISBN: 9781526748072
Published: 28th February 2020


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The meteoric rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party cowed the masses into a sense of false utopia. During Hitler’s 1932 election campaign over half those who voted for Hitler were women. Germany’s women had witnessed the anarchy of the post-First World War years, and the chaos brought about by the rival political gangs brawling on their streets. When Hitler came to power there was at last a ray of hope that this man of the people would restore not only political stability to Germany but prosperity to its people.

As reforms were set in place, Hitler encouraged women to step aside from their jobs and allow men to take their place. As the guardian of the home, the women of Hitler’s Germany were pinned as the very foundation for a future thousand-year Reich. Not every female in Nazi Germany readily embraced the principle of living in a society where two distinct worlds existed, however with the outbreak of the Second World War, Germany’s women would soon find themselves on the frontline.

Ultimately Hitler’s housewives experienced mixed fortunes throughout the years of the Second World War. Those whose loved ones went off to war never to return; those who lost children not only to the influences of the Hitler Youth but the Allied bombing; those who sought comfort in the arms of other young men and those who would serve above and beyond of exemplary on the German home front. Their stories form intimate and intricately woven tales of life, love, joy, fear and death. Hitler’s Housewives: German Women on the Home Front is not only an essential document towards better understanding one of the twentieth century’s greatest tragedies where the women became an inextricable link, but also the role played by Germany’s women on the home front which ultimately became blurred within the horrors of total war.

This is their story, in their own words, told for the first time.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Very well written and put together, this book is a captivating read. I had not given much thought to the ordinary citizens (read: women), of Germany during the war. It was so overshadowed by the atrocities committed by the Nazis. This is an eye opening book and I encourage all WWII aficionados to read it. It is filled with the reality of how war touches the homefront and the courage of these women to go on in the face of adversity, pain and deprivation.

NetGalley, Joyce Fox

This book was such a good read, I couldn't put it down! The story and the characters were so well written it felt as if you were actually in the story!

NetGalley, Alicia Goeser

Dramatic account of life, death and love under the Third Reich.

Bookseller 8/11/19

About Tim Heath

Born in to a military family, Tim Heath’s interest in history led him to research the air war of the Second World War, focussing on the German Luftwaffe and writing extensively for The Armourer Magazine. During the course of his research he has worked closely with the German War Graves Commission at Kassel, Germany, and met with German families and veterans alike. Born out of this work, Hitler's Girls is his first book. He lives in Evesham, Worcestershire, with his partner Paula.

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