This post is written in memory of those feminists, their children and the men who were killed by the Nazi Third Reich during the Second World War for spreading the message of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The discrimination of women by the Nazis is commonly associated with the triple word slogan of ‘Kinder, Kuche, Kirche’ which translates into ‘children, kitchen, church’. Contrary to popular thought it was not the Nazis who coined the 3 Ks. It was the last German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhem II, who is credited with having uttered those words as advice to how American suffragettes ought to be conducting themselves.
Nevertheless, the 3 Ks encapsulated the dogma used by the Nazi party to dictate to women what their position was in society. In fact, women were denied a place in society as we know it in contemporary terms to mean a place of public domain. The Nazis confined women to the home in a privacy capacity by the strictures of the 3 Ks.
Hitler hated any type of collaboration which went against his agenda of male Aryan supremacy and in 1934, during a speech to the National Socialist Women’s Organisation, he told the women that their place was with their husband, children, home and family. The reference to ‘church’ was left out probably because of Hitler’s hatred for the traditional Catholic and Protestant churches. He later banned the National Socialist Women’s Organisation and had many of the women imprisoned in Nazi camps.
Ironically, Hitler chose a woman to oversee the implementation of the subjugation of women. Gertrud Scholtz-Klink was appointed as leader of the Nazi Women’s League. Her central message to German women was that their mission was to serve their man’s existence every moment of their lives.
It is not known how many women were killed for political activity by the Nazis.