“Just as man risks his life in battle so too does the mother bravely and faithfully offer her life for the nation when she fulfills her sacred duty.” this is a powerful line from a song sung by a group at a ceremony honoring the mothers receiving the gold cross on Mothering Sunday. This day is one that much like our Mother’s day honors those women who have taken care of us since birth; however, the difference lies in the context. In the volksgemeinschaft the women’s role was to make more aryans; that was their contribution to the community. If they did a good job they were widely acknowledged and provided the gold cross a high honor from Hitler. A women’s life in the Nazi regime was both traditional in the sense that she played house to her husband but also that she held power. She was the one who would populate Germany and allow the Aryan race to rise. Without her the hope for the perfect blood line would be lost, and all Hitler worked for would be gone with the current generation.
Sax, Benjamin C., and Dieter Kuntz. “The Volksgemeinschaft.” Inside Hitler’s Germany: A Documentary History of Life in the Third Reich. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath, 1992. 266. Print.
“Germany, A German Mother Who Recieved a Medal of Honor, 1940. – Yad Vashem Photo Archive.” Germany, A German Mother Who Recieved a Medal of Honor, 1940. – Yad Vashem Photo Archive. N.p., n.d. Web.