By James M. Deem
On November 10, 1938, Francis Schott slept peacefully in his mattress. without warning, a bunch of Nazis broke into his condo and commenced to damage it. They desired to demolish every little thing simply because Francis’s relatives was once Jewish. For days, violent assaults like this happened all through Nazi Germany and got here to be often called Kristallnacht, the “Night of damaged Glass.” The Nazis destroyed hundreds of thousands of Jewish houses and companies, burned down thousands of synagogues, and murdered many of us. The brutal attack got here to an finish, however it marked the start of anything a lot worse: the Holocaust.
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Though the government tried to restrict access to birth control, it could not actually force Aryan women to have more children. Propaganda sought to persuade women of the benefits of having a large family. ’62 But ultimately such government efforts were limited in what they could achieve. 63 All the National Socialist rhetoric about the importance of breeding and of mothers staying at home did not decrease the number of married women who worked, for most did so out of financial necessity rather than a desire to be financially independent.
37 Family Life under National Socialism 27 Where children had parents who were dead set-against the regime, for example former members of the outlawed Social Democrat and Communist parties, these children might absorb and be at least partially influenced by the values espoused by their parents. The same could be said for children growing up in Catholic households. 38 Adults who had strong religious or political beliefs that were different from National Socialist dogma could thus counteract or dilute the barrage of propaganda with which children were confronted.
Right from the outset the Nazi leadership introduced penalties for failure to tow the Party line. 5 For those who wanted to make a joke at the expense of the regime in public therefore, it was wise to check that the ‘air was pure’ before proceeding, or one would risk prosecution. ’6 That Germans could be prosecuted for what they said in the Nazi special courts certainly extended the feeling that the regime’s surveillance was all-pervasive. 7 The widespread belief that every staircase had an informer discouraged individuals from voicing any criticism of the regime.
Kristallnacht: The Nazi Terror That Began the Holocaust (Holocaust Through Primary Sources) by James M. Deem