The Welfare System in the Neighborhoods: Professionals and Volunteers

David F. Crew

in Germans on Welfare

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195053111
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854479 | DOI:
The Welfare System in the Neighborhoods: Professionals and Volunteers

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This chapter goes inside the Weimar welfare offices by exploring the identities and interests of the major players of the Hamburg's Welfare System. The Hamburg's Welfare System provided social services that went beyond the minimum prescribed by national welfare regulations. It developed specialized areas of welfare. It was headed by Social Democratic political appointees, Paul Hoffman, Paul Neumann, and Oskar Martini. Other personnel came from existing public and private welfare agencies of the Hamburg administration. However, the Weimar welfare systems had a gendered boundary line between female and male as female social workers worked in the field while male administrative officials worked inside welfare offices. The welfare system after the war appointed or nominated volunteers as it needed more professional social workers and welfare officials than were employed. Thus, there was a new need for training as only five out of twenty people were competent so the welfare offices needed to train the voluntary workers.

Keywords: Weimar welfare offices; Hamburg's Welfare System; Paul Hoffman; Paul Neumann; Oskar Martini; Hamburg administration

Chapter.  7746 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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