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Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich

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What were the women of Germany doing during the Third Reich? What were they thinking? And what do they have to say a half century later?

In Frauen we hear their voices––most for the first time. Alison Owings interviewed and here records the words of twenty-nine German women who were there: Working for the Resistance. Joining the Nazi Party. Outsmarting the Gestapo. Disliking a Jewish neighbor. Hiding a Jewish friend. Witnessing "Kristallnacht." Witnessing the firebombing of Dresden. Shooting at Allied planes. Welcoming Allied troops. Being a prisoner. And being a guard. The women recall their own and others' enthusiasm, doubt, fear, fury, cowardice, guilt, and anguish.

Alison Owings, in her pursuit of such memories, was invited into the homes of these women. Because she is neither Jewish nor German, and because she speaks fluent colloquial German, many of the women she interviewed felt comfortable enough with her to unlock the past. What they have to say will surprise Americans, just as they surprised the women themselves.

Not since Marcel Ophuls's controversial film The Sorrow and the Pity have we been on such intimate terms with "the enemy." In this case, the story is that of the women, those who did not make policy but were forced to participate in its effects and to witness its results. What they did and did not do is not just a reflection on them and their country––it also leads us to question what actions we might have taken in their place. The interviews do not allow for easy, smug answers.

About the Author

Alison Owings is a free-lance journalist who has contributed regularly major television network news broadcasts. She lives in Mill Valley, California, with her husband.

Table of Contents

Idealism and Chasm: Frau Margarete Fischer

Motherhood Times Ten, and Food to Spare: Frau Wilhelmne Haferkamp

A Matter of Fate: Frau Marianne Karlsruhen

National Socialism and Christianity: Frau Ursula Meyer-Semiles

Retrospective Guilt: Frau Liselotte Otting

The History Lesson: Frau Mathilde Mundt

An “Exotic” Past: Frau Verona Groth

A Cosmopolitan View of the World: Frau Maria von Lingen

Learning How Communism Works: Frau Irene Burchert

Solidarity and Survival: Frau Charlotte Müller

“We Did Love our Führer, Really!”: Frau Ellen Frey

Before, During, and After the Firebombing: Frau Ursula Kretzschmar

The Ambivalence of Avoidance: Frau Martha Brixus

From the Emperor to a Mud Hole: Frau Margarete Sasowski

Rural Perspectives: Frau Barbara Amschel, Frau Anna Lieb, Frau Anna Maier

A Modest Woman of the Resistance: Mrs. Freya von Moltke

The Schisms of a “Flakwaffenhelferin”: Frau Erna Tietz

On Megalomaniacs and Little People: Frau Anna Rigl

Dissident Clergy and Dissident Actions: Frau Emmi Heinrich

A Job in Its Own Category: Frau Anna Fest

A Child Not of the Times: Frau Karma Rauhut

“A Very Unpolitical Woman”: Frau Anne Hepp

“I Was Alone. And I Had the Whole City Against Me.”: Frau Doktor Margret Blersch

“I Am Never Dishonest.”: Frau Regina Frankenfeld

Life as a Cabaret: Frau Christine Weihs

A Natural Matter of Friendship: Frau Erna Dubnack

Talking about Silence: Ms. Rita Kuhn

Conclusion

Glossary

Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813522005
Author:
Ownings, Alison
Author:
Owings, Alison
Author:
Ownings, Alison
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
World History-Germany
Subject:
Military - World War II
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
19950231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
536
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.62 oz

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