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Rules of a Nazi Bride

75 years later, the rules for would-be wives of Nazi officials have been discovered

By: Graham Sigurdson
Published: August 13th, 2013 in News » World
Nazi officer Bruno Langbehn and his family

It’s like being taught etiquette. Only worse.

It has recently come to light that a number of ‘bride schools’ were established by the Third Reich during World War II, with the intention of bringing up women to be the perfect partners for members of the Nazis, according to recently found, 75-year old documents from the Nazi period.

The curriculum included skills for the home – how to wash, cook, and take care of a child – as well as social instructions, namely how to converse at cocktail parties, and how to bring up children to worship Hitler.

The chief of the schools, Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, described them as the “…participation in the resurrection path of our people.” The rulebook was discovered in the German Federal Archive, along with certificates that were presented to the girls who passed the six week course.


(Gertrud Scholtz-Klink (centre) and Heinrich Himmler, left)

The schools were the result of a collaboration between Scholtz-Klink, and the infamous SS chief Heinrich Himmler, feeling a need to create a ‘strong family life to create a strong, pure nation,’ reflecting Himmler’s all too well-known beliefs on German superiority.

In 1936 Himmler signed a decree which specified that all women wishing to marry a member of the SS would need to participate in the courses, which, on top of making them a ‘good wife,’ would also help them gain knowledge on ‘race and genetics’. Failure to take the course would mean they refused the marriage certificate.

The discovered documents show that the Nazis regarded women as breeders and ‘sustainers of the race.” Scholtz-Klink praised motherhood under the Nazis, saying it was ‘divine,’ telling senior party leaders that ‘You need us, you depend on us. We are into something good, we participate in the resurrection way of our people. Women must be the spiritual caregivers and the secret queens of our people, called upon by fate for this special task!’

The more the war affected the home front, the more the schools began to falter. Scholtz-Klink, seeing that slave labour was not enough to fill the gap left by the men out fighting, dreamed up a new idea of womanhood, that of operating lathes and furnaces.

Scholtz-Klink would attain the highest rank of any female Nazi. She would follow the party’s philosophies to the utmost detail, excluding those of Jewish or Roma blood from attending her courses.

Related articles: Nazi, Adolf Hitler, Third Reich, Holocaust, World War II, Heinrich Himmler
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