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Maternalism, race, class and citizenship: aspects of illegitimate motherhood in Nazi Germany.
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PMID:  22180924     Owner:  HMD     Status:  In-Process    
This article juxtaposes three types of illegitimate motherhood that came in the wake of the Second World War in Nazi Germany. The first found institutional support in the Lebensborn project, an elite effort to raise the flagging birth-rates, which at the same time turned a new page in the history of sexuality. The second came before the lower courts in the form of paternity and guardianship suits that had a long precedent, and the third was a social practice that the regime considered a ‘mass crime' among its female citizenry: namely, forbidden unions between German women and prisoners of war. Through these cases the article addresses issues such as morality, sexuality, paternity, citizenship and welfarism. The flesh-and-blood stories have been culled from the Lebensborn Dossiers and Special Court files, as well as cases from the lower courts.
Vandana Joshi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of contemporary history     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0022-0094     ISO Abbreviation:  J Contemp Hist     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100968656     Medline TA:  J Contemp Hist     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  832-53     Citation Subset:  Q    
University of Delhi, India.
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