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Family Life

Trude Maurer

in Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780195171648
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871346 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171648.003.0021
Family Life

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This chapter shows that traditional criteria for a “suitable match” remained largely valid even in the Weimar era. Family size declined, and during the Nazi period the birth rate dropped dramatically. At the same time, however, most Jews attached increased significance to the family as a (supposedly) protected sphere and nucleus of the community. Emphasis on the family served to reinforce traditional gender roles, despite the rise in female wage earning. Thus, there were contradictory developments in family life during the entire period.

Keywords: German Jews; family life; Nazi regime; Jewish girls

Chapter.  3843 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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