Gender and Power in the Third Reich: Female Denouncers and the Gestapo (1933-45)
This book examines the everyday operations of the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police. The Gestapo were able to detect the smallest signs of non-compliance with Nazi doctrines, especially "crimes" pertaining to the private spheres of social, family, and sexual life. One of the key factors in the enforcement of Nazi policies was the willingness of German citizens to provide the...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 3rd 2003 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published July 8th 2003)
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It is a scholarly work and takes focus to work with it. I found the effort, however, rewarding. The research demonstrates a valuable and lesser appreciated aspect of human nature and behavior in a police state. In the context of Nazi Germany, I think it demonstrates additional insight on how a changing environment, socially and legally, enables individuals to quickly adapt to a new set of 'normal' behaviors. In that sense, part of the entire scope of Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, and the institut...more