Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields by Wendy Lower provides an interesting new way to look at German women who lived during the time of Hitler. In her book, Lower scrutinizes the German women who were born in the wake of World War I and grew up under the Nazi regime.
In Hitler’s Furies, Lower examines young German women who grew up with the rise of Nazism. She describes how these young women were full of nationalistic pride and wanted to do their part to support the Reich.
So, with German pride, a desire for adventure, romance and a steady paycheck, many young German women moved East into Nazi-occupied territory like Poland, Ukraine and Belarus. Once there, many committed violent acts.
Hitler’s Furies is all about how ordinary German women – nurses, secretaries, schoolteachers, wives of SS officers – committed and participated in the genocide of Jews. Some women, like the nurses, participated in the “Euthanasia Program” and killed countless innocent victims. Other women, like the secretaries, schoolteachers and wives of SS officers went out to the killing fields (sites of mass graves) or participated in the liquidation of the Jewish ghettos.
Lower’s book presents evidence to show German women in the East were not innocent victims of Nazism, but were willing participants in the violence and genocide against the Jews. I can honestly say that I will not look at Holocaust or its perpetrators in the same way again.
Hiler’s Furies is available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library. You’ll find it in our Main Collection on the 3rd Floor.
Review written by Amanda B.