Girls just wanna have fun: Nazi party girls after a day’s work
…the participation of women in the crimes of the Nazis has been blended out of the collective conscious of the Germans for a long time,” she [Kathrin Kompisch] wrote in her book, Female Perpetrators: Women under National Socialism. Many women were in fact used as assistants to the doctors who sterilised and murdered disabled people and as guards in the concentration camps – like the character played by Kate Winslet in her Oscar nominated role in the film The Reader. “The history of National Socialism has long been reduced to one that blamed men for everything,” said Ms Kompisch. “This was and is the popular picture.” The true picture was very different. “Women typed the statistics of the murdered victims of the SS Action Squads in the east, operated the radios which called up for more bullets, were invariably the secretaries – and sometimes much more – in all the Gestapo posts,” she said. “And at the end of the war they tried to diminish their responsibility by saying they were just cogs in the all-male machine which gave the orders… Many women were in fact used as assistants to the doctors who sterilised and murdered disabled people and as guards in the concentration camps… Read rest of article here.