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Women under National Socialism: The case study of Melita Maschmann
by Willett, Lynda M., M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, 2012, 94; 1519036
Abstract (Summary)

The case study of Melita Maschmann shows that despite the deep manipulation and gender discrimination she was subject to in her youth by National Socialism Maschmann made her own free choices as an adult and chose to zealously absorb its political ideology. The general assumption is that National Socialism, and fascism, were male dominated political ideologies in which women played a passive role, such as that professed by Gertrude Scholtz-Klink. However, many women found National Socialism appealing and became active supporters of its ideals. The purpose of this paper is to explore that appeal and analyze why certain women such as Maschmann became such strong supporters of this political ideology.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bookbinder, Paul
Commitee: Bolton Valencius, Conevery, Di Scala, Spencer, Wollons, Roberta
School: University of Massachusetts Boston
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Massachusetts
Source: MAI 51/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: European history, Womens studies, Modern history
Keywords: Fascism, National, SS, Socialism, Werwolf, Women
Publication Number: 1519036
ISBN: 978-1-267-63048-3
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