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"Making Women Work: Privilege and Powerlessness in Nazi Germany"

Oct 23, 2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Waterman Bldg 338 (Memorial Lounge)

"Making Women Work: Privilege and Powerlessness in Nazi Germany"

Lecture by Elizabeth Harvey, University of Nottingham

This lecture will examine women's work in the Nazi economy as a contested source of privilege and a site of exploitation and oppression, asking which categories of women were 'made to work' and where, and what degree of agency they had, if any. If in 1933 the regime regarded German married women's employment outside the home as a problem, by the later years of the Second World War it was now their non-employment outside the home that the labour administration regarded as a challenge. By that stage foreign women had become increasingly drawn on by the labour administration and employers for work in Germany and in the occupied territories, but subjected to very unequal degrees of coercion and exploitation depending on their nationality and "race."

Elizabeth Harvey is Professor of History at the University of Nottingham. She is
the author of Women and the Nazi East: Agents and Witnesses of Germanization (2003) and has co-edited Hitler: New Research (2018) and Private Life and Privacy in Nazi Germany (2019). She is a member of the Independent Historians' Commission on the History of the Reich Labour Ministry under National Socialism appointed by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and a member of the international advisory board for the document edition The Persecution and Murder of the European Jews by Nazi Germany, 1933-1945. She is currently researching aspects of gender and forced labour in wartime Europe with the support of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.

Sponsored by the Henry and Lili Altschuler Endowment

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