Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS

By Amy Carney

© 2018

From 1931 to 1945, leaders of the SS, a paramilitary group under the Nazi party, sought to transform their organization into a racially-elite family community that would serve as the Third Reich’s new aristocracy. They utilized the science of eugenics to convince SS men to marry suitable wives and have many children.

Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS by Amy Carney is the first work to significantly assess the role of SS men as husbands and fathers during the Third Reich. The family community, and the place of men in this community, started with one simple order issued by SS leader Heinrich Himmler. He and other SS leaders continued to develop the family community throughout the 1930s, and not even the Second World War deterred them from pursuing their racial ambitions.

Carney’s insight into the eugenic-based measures used to encourage SS men to marry and to establish families sheds new light on their responsibilities not only as soldiers, but as husbands and fathers as well.

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  • Series: German and European Studies
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  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
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Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS, by Amy Carney, is the first work to significantly assess the role of SS men as husbands and fathers. These families contributed to the transformation of the SS into a racially-elite family community that was poised to serve as the new aristocracy of the Third Reich.

Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS

By Amy Carney

© 2018

From 1931 to 1945, leaders of the SS, a paramilitary group under the Nazi party, sought to transform their organization into a racially-elite family community that would serve as the Third Reich’s new aristocracy. They utilized the science of eugenics to convince SS men to marry suitable wives and have many children.

Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS by Amy Carney is the first work to significantly assess the role of SS men as husbands and fathers during the Third Reich. The family community, and the place of men in this community, started with one simple order issued by SS leader Heinrich Himmler. He and other SS leaders continued to develop the family community throughout the 1930s, and not even the Second World War deterred them from pursuing their racial ambitions.

Carney’s insight into the eugenic-based measures used to encourage SS men to marry and to establish families sheds new light on their responsibilities not only as soldiers, but as husbands and fathers as well.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: German and European Studies
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "A unique piece of research, Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS advances our knowledge of Nazi racial policy specifically as it relates to Himmler and the SS and his ideas about family and population policy. Also examining issues of continuity of science, Amy Carney makes an important contribution to German history."


    Hilary Earl, Department of History, Nipissing University

    "Addressing the SS from a new perspective, Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS adds to our knowledge about the Nazis and eugenics, especially before Hitler came to power. It emphasizes the role of fathers, a little-explored realm of research, and engages sexual politics, while also supplementing research on the family in Nazi Germany. This book will intersect with different areas of research on Nazi Germany and push knowledge forward in new ways."


    Michelle Mouton, Department of History, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Author Information

    Amy Carney is an associate professor in the Department of History at Penn State Behrend.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    Acknowledgements

    Introduction

    1. The Engagement and Marriage Command
    2. Establishing SS Families
    3. Marriage during the Second World War
    4. Sustaining the Family Community during the War
    5. Belonging to the Family Community
    6. Assessing SS Population Politics and the Family Community

    Appendices
    Appendix A: The Engagement and Marriage Command
    Appendix B: Development of the SS
    Appendix C: Rank Comparisons
    Appendix D: Organization of the Allgemeine SS

    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index