Position of Women in the Third Reich In response to the question, “Were women under the Nazi Third Reich victims, bystanders, or perpetrators?” probably the most accurate answer is a rather exasperating, “yes.” Despite the exasperation that answer may cause, it is the most accurate response that can be made to the question. Women were victims of the Third Reich. Many of those who died in the death camps of the regime were women. Women were bystanders, and they fall all along a continuum of complicity from none to substantial. Some women in Germany were perpetrators. When western troops reach the camps, they found that the women’s camps were staffed almost entirely by women, and women played many other roles in support of the Nazi...The end:
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