Oma, at school we're doing a project about our grandparents. Can you tell me how was your life when you were young?
hmmm, let me think...
We were discouraged from pursuing higher education.
When I was about your age, 17, I already knew how to cook as I attended the German Maidens who taught me that the women's mission was to be a housewife.
Our job was at home. We were wanted to raise more Aryan babies.
I had to attend a Christian church which I enjoyed because I had lots of friends, until I realized they were just using religion to spread the Nazi belief. They were brainwashing us.
Germany: 1936 Hitler promoted the importance of a stable, traditional family. Men were to be in charge and protect their family. Women were to serve and nurture their family.
In the fashion aspect, we weren't allowed to wear provocative and colorful clothes. They even told us how to tie our hair!
From a young age, girls were encouraged to grow into mothers who bore children and then looked after them until they could go and conquer the east. Hitler tried to increase the amount of Aryan marriages and raise the birth rate by using propaganda and peer pressure.
Fortunately, women were needed to work, so I was able to do what I loved the most; teach.
In Nazi Germany, women had to attend a church group called the German Christians within the Reich church, which promoted and spread Nazi ideas.
Women were told to follow traditional German fashions like wearing plain clothes, flat shoes and having their hair in buns. They couldn't wear makeup, trousers, or dye their hair. Also, they were discouraged from staying slim as it was thought that thin women had trouble when giving birth.
Germany: 1939 Despite the measures introduced that discouraged the employment of women, as the economy grew women were needed in the workplace.