Paper: The Impact of Nazi Propaganda on the Women and the Youth

The role of nazi propaganda was to spread nazi ideology into the everyday expect of the German people especially Women and the youth. The main message put out to women through the propaganda was the idea of Kinder, Kirche und Kuche (Children, Church and Cooking) this nazi slogan defined the ideal place of female activity this idea was spread by organisations like the Women Enterprise (DFW) which organised training for women in domestic and motherhood skills and by 1939 up to 3.5 million women attended such courses. The impact of such ideology and such a message was a definite increase in the birth rate and more women taking on the traditional role of women. Other messages put across to women for a very early age was not to wear make-up and to refrain from dressing in a decadent way. However this impact while working on some women did not work on them all as some women continued to work but were pushed into badly paid agricultural and part-time work and from 1936 the nazis has to contradict their policies by employing more women to deal with the labour shortage and in 1943 women had to be conscripted to work. Similarly Hitler focused great attention on youth when it came to propaganda. Youth was important to Hitler because he knew that they were the future of Germany and the Nazis wanted a generation of Germans who unquestioningly obeyed them. They also knew that childrens minds were far more perceptible to propaganda then that of adults and so from an early age they had to join youth groups, however, not all young people were willing to be so easily brain washed and some joined alternative youth groups like the Edelweiss Pirates. The impact on most of the youth up until after the second world war was that their fuhrer was right and what he was doing was right this was because since they had been able to remember they were taught, even in school, not to question and not to go against Hitler. ...