FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 18, 2007
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Gina Logue, 615-898-5081
HITLER LIKED WOMEN TOUGH, TENDER, ULTIMATELY SUBSERVIENT
MTSU Women’s Studies Research Series Examines Girls in Nazi Germany
(MURFREESBORO) – The first presentation in the 2007-2008 Women’s Studies Research Series, “Daughters in the Fatherland: Behavioral Socialization of German Girls in Nazi Germany,” will be delivered at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Room 100 of MTSU’s James Union Building.
Dr. Nancy Rupprecht, professor of history, says she will discuss “the Hitler Youth Organization’s attempt to resocialize German girls to accept and embody the aggressive, male-oriented behavioral values of Nazi ideology, yet embrace the second-class citizenship designed for them as ideal German wives and mothers.
“Adolf Hitler considered feminism to be a symptom of depravity ‘on a par with parliamentary democracy and … jazz opera,’” says Rupprecht. “To socialize German children, Hitler planned to ‘create a new being who will set aside personal ambitions in order to be totally loyal, unconditionally obedient and utterly submerged in the ideology.’”
"The MTSU Women's Studies Research Series has something for everyone interested in women's experience,” says Dr. Jane Marcellus, professor of mass communication. “By bringing together scholars from across campus, we touch on a wide variety of feminist viewpoints in an informal monthly gathering.”
Topics for future lectures include women and war, elderly women in prison and the presidential quest of Hillary Clinton.
For more information, contact Marcellus at 615-898-5282 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the Women’s Studies office at 615-898-5910 or email@example.com.