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    Posted: Oct 09 2013 at 12:48pm
The author calls this history a "historical blindspot"


Nazism’s Feminine Side, Brutal and Murderous

‘Hitler’s Furies,’ by Wendy Lower, Examines German Women

Photographs courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

From left, Liesel Riedel, Vera Stahli and Gertrude Segel, who were involved in Nazi activities.

By DWIGHT GARNER
Published: October 8, 2013

German women and girls, under the Third Reich, were dissuaded from wearing makeup. They should glow from fresh air and exercise, Hitler thought, or better yet, from pregnancy.

HITLER’S FURIES

German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

By Wendy Lower

Illustrated. 270 pages. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $26.

Patricia Wall/The New York Times

Björn Marquart

Wendy Lower

“German schoolgirls were not taught subjects such as Latin, since knowledge of this kind was not necessary for future mothers,” Wendy Lower writes in her disquieting new book, “Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields.” Instead, girls “were given pamphlets with advice on how to pick a husband: the first question to ask a prospective mate was, ‘What is your racial background?’ ”

Ms. Lower’s book is partly the study of a youthquake. She scrutinizes the legion of fresh-scrubbed German “baby boomers” who were born in the wake of World War I and grew up with Nazism. “Terror regimes,” she notes, “feed on the idealism and energy of young people.”

We know plenty about the lives of young men in the Nazi regime. Ms. Lower is here to fill us in further on the young women — she calls them a lost generation — who, swept up in a nationalistic fervor, fled dull lives by going to work for the Reich in the Nazi-occupied East, in places like Poland, Ukraine and Belarus. They were after travel, nice clothes, adventure, paychecks, romance. Once there, many connived at genocide.

Earlier books about the Holocaust have offered up poster girls of brutality and atrocity, figures like Ilse Koch, the so-called Bitch of Buchenwald, and Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, the highest-ranking woman in the Nazi Party.

Ms. Lower’s revisionist insight is to track more mundane lives, and to argue for a vastly wider complicity. She follows more than a dozen German women — nurses, secretaries, schoolteachers, wives of SS officers — who stand in for an estimated 500,000 German women who went into the occupied East and thus undeniably stood, the author argues, in the killing fields.

“The role of German women in Hitler’s war can no longer be understood as their mobilization and victimization on the home front,” Ms. Lower says. “Instead, Hitler’s Germany produced another kind of female character at war, an expression of female activism and patriotism of the most violent and perverse kind.”

Or, as she puts it more memorably, about SS wives who became perpetrators: “These women displayed a capacity to kill while also acting out a combination of roles: plantation mistress; prairie Madonna in apron-covered dress lording over slave laborers; infant-carrying, gun-wielding hausfrau.”

Ms. Lower is a history professor at Claremont McKenna College, a consultant for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the author or co-author of several previous books about Nazi activities in places like Ukraine. “Hitler’s Furies” has been placed on the long list for this year’s National Book Award in nonfiction.

Some of the women she follows were aides to so-called desk murderers, eagerly assisting their bosses. Others took part in the humiliation of Jews, or plundered their goods. Still others shot them from balconies or in forests. One smashed in a Jewish toddler’s head. Even those who did not directly take part in the killing of Jews, she says, could not claim ignorance about was going on. They were passive bystanders.

Fewer expressed qualms about what they saw. One who did, a relief worker and lawyer named Annette Schücking, wrote home: “What Papa says is true; people with no moral inhibitions exude a strange odor. I can now pick out these people, and many of them really do smell like blood.” Despite what they had seen, the author writes, they asked, “What can one do, after all?”

The moral point Ms. Lower repeatedly makes is that “there were choices concerning how one behaved during and after the war.” Men and women weren’t punished for refusing to take part in the killings of Jews. “In favoring perceived duty over morality,” she writes, “men and women were more alike than different.”

“Hitler’s Furies” is often difficult reading. Ms. Lower’s portrayal of the links between sex and violence — these young people were, to no small degree, showing off for one another — lingers over some especially gruesome moments. “Genocide,” she reports, “is also women’s business.”

I frequently wished that “Hitler’s Furies” were a stronger, more authoritative book. Ms. Lower declares that the contemplation of women’s diverse roles in the Third Reich is a “historical blind spot.” Yet this subject is hardly altogether new.

Ms. Lower omits mediation between earlier texts. She rarely relates, except in endnotes, what previous historians have had to say about women in the Third Reich. Too often, her facts and research appear to exist in a vacuum. I longed for context and synthesis.

The prose in “Hitler’s Furies” frequently has a glue-paste textbook smell. There are clichés and repetitions. She chops up these women’s stories in such a way that she has to reintroduce them to us constantly.

There are many generalities here, and less specific detail about these women’s lives than you might like. You don’t feel you have a grainy or intimate sense of any of them. In part, this is not Ms. Lower’s fault. After the war, these women did not like to speak of their experiences, so the record is not as full as it could be.

The last chapters of “Hitler’s Furies” are infuriating and sickening for different reasons. Ms. Lower explores these women’s experiences after the war. Most simply slipped back into civilian life. Few of these hundreds of thousands of German women were prosecuted, and even fewer were punished.

“What happened to them?” Ms. Lower asks. “The short answer is that most got away with murder.”

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White women following their men to partake in devilish activities...

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But according to some Black men people, White women can't possibly at fault for any racism because they're pure and innocent Stern Smile
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Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

But according to some Black men people, White women can't possibly at fault for any racism because they're pure and innocent Stern Smile
Smh, these women are the spawn of those who used to falsely cry rape, torture us and and be front row and center (with their kids in tow) when we got lynched, burned and shot up...
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Originally posted by blaquefoxx blaquefoxx wrote:

Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

But according to some Black men people, White women can't possibly at fault for any racism because they're pure and innocent Stern Smile

<font face="Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif" size="3">Smh,
these women are the spawn of those who used to falsely cry rape,
torture us and and be front row and center (with their kids in tow) when
we got lynched, burned and shot up...

Well everything is born from something. These women bred and passed down their views. Just pure evil.
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Ive read stories of these crazy bishes.....some of them only were jailed a few years.......
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Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

But according to some Black men people, White women can't possibly at fault for any racism because they're pure and innocent Stern Smile
it baffles me when they say sh*t like this...
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