Aufseherinnen und andere Frauen : an investigation of female perpetrators of genocide and other crimes during the Nazi regime, 1933-1945 / by Wendy Adele-Marie Maier.
From 1933 until 1945, Nazism sought to return women to subordinate societal positions. Despite this masculine-oriented ideology, many women supported the Nazi party, and sought ways to become involved. Although women could not join certain divisions of the Nazi government, they often married to gain authority. Some allegiance also manifested itself in employment in the camps as a Ärztin (doctor), Aufseherinnen (overseers), or, in the case of the Kapos (block commanders), forced supervisory positions. While not all women who were involved with the Nazis were criminals, several women who worked in the camp setting were guilty of horrific abuse, torture, and murder. Were these women aberrations or pawns for the Nazis? Working for the Nazis provided some women with an identity and the ability to share in a common goal: eliminate the enemy in the body of the Jew and others as prescribed by Adolf Hitler's Weltanschauung (ideological world outlook).
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