Marriage and Fatherhood in the Nazi SS
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.
- Series: German and European Studies
- World Rights
- Page Count: 328 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
"This is an important work, in which Carney has added to the existing scholarship in the field of family life in the Third Reich by looking beyond mothers and motherhood, to examine fathers and fatherhood."
Lisa Pine, London South Bank University
European History Quarterly, vol 49 no 3
"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 InformationAmy Carney is an associate professor in the Department of History at Penn State Behrend.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
- The Engagement and Marriage Command
- Establishing SS Families
- Marriage during the Second World War
- Sustaining the Family Community during the War
- Belonging to the Family Community
- Assessing SS Population Politics and the Family Community
Appendix A: The Engagement and Marriage Command
Appendix B: Development of the SS
Appendix C: Rank Comparisons
Appendix D: Organization of the Allgemeine SS
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