Why 240,000 women joined the SS
1998 10 30
The book by Gudrun Schwarz "A Wife at his Side: Wives in the 'SS Clan-Community'" that I had ordered from the Hamburg Institute for Social Research arrived in the mail, and I started reading it last night. It brings back many memories of the female teachers I had during the last years of the Nazi-regime (I started school in the fall of 1942). Unfortunately, the book is available only in the German language.
I had only female teachers during the war-years, and many of them were party members. I remember well the
role that Fraulein Krappot played in the persecution of the part-Jewish friend I had in my class that led to the
murder-suicide initiated by his mother after my friend was publicly ridiculed in school.
The opening paragraph of the introduction to "A Wife at his Side" goes like this:
"On April 28, 1945 a helper of the Swiss Red Cross observed the evacuation of the Women's Concentration Camp Ravensbrueck. He saw columns, of about 5,000 male or female inmates each, being driven along the road in a westerly direction by SS-men and female SS camp-guards. At the head of one of these columns he noticed a small wagon, which was being pulled by six female inmates that had been starved into a skeletal condition. On top of this parcel-loaded wagon sat a well-nourished and well-dressed woman. According to information provided by one of the commandants of this column, this was the wife of an SS-guard, who during the "flight" contracted an upset stomach, as she had eaten too many raisins. This woman, who let herself be pulled by semi-starved female slaves through the landscape as if she were a despot, belonged to the SS Clan-Community, to the Order of the SS."
Gudrun Schwarz continues:
"Only hesitatingly is it being perceived what is actually self-evident: the National-socialistic society was an
ensemble of women and men. The research into the history of Nazi-crimes centered itself up to now around the
"quite normal men." Although "the Germans" are put into view, it is only man whose deeds and motives are
being researched, exactly as if German men had acted exclusively without women.
They all had mothers, many sisters, aunts, grandmothers, girlfriends, brides, wives, female colleagues at work.
Even though the responsible initiators, decision-makers and executors of the Nazi politics of extermination were
men, the women are part of the German perpetrator-society. In their own way, they supported and promulgated
the regime. Only when one looks at the actions of these women, at their ubiquitousness within and outside of their
relationships to men, does another view open itself on that what happened and how it could happen."
Gudrun Schwarz describes in the introduction to her book the circumstances and post-war history of the actions
that led to the general white-washing of the actual guilt, and the creation of the myth of inculpability of German
women, a myth that was actively supported by all sectors of society, ranging from post-war support organizations for
SS-veterans to the Roman-Catholic women's publication "Der Regenbogen" [The Rainbow]. [p. 8]
"An SS-Leader and his future bride, alone for the entries into the SS-Genealogical Table, had to provide at
least 186 documents: each, 62 birth- or christening certificates; 31 marriage certificates of the parents,
grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents and great-great-great-grandparents as well as their own
birth certificates, "as evidence of the accuracy" of the claims.
In addition there were still the death certificates of the forebears, which, although not strictly proscribed,
were nevertheless desired." [p. 45]
It appears to me, and that point is stressed over and over-again in the book, that there was no possible way that any woman would go unknowingly to her inclusion in the SS-Clan Community, a community that quite openly had only one purpose, to literally breed a new superrace, a race that would form the ruling stratum, the new nobility in a Nazi-dominated Europe. What would entice any woman to take such a conscious step, considering that any SS-member knew quite well that the purpose of the SS wasn't only to breed the new superrace, but to make room for itself through the purification of Europe by the extermination of all racially undesired elements in the population? Not only that, but consider as well that women were to subordinate themselves to their husbands. Here is what Grudrun Schwarz says about that:
"The concept of what the SS-wives were to accomplish in the Clan-Order and what place they were to occupy was established tradition. They were to be subordinated to "the patriarchy of the man as protector of clan honour and the blood [that is, racial purity]." The relationship was marked by the polarity of the sexes: "Father and mother are the purveyors of the family concept... Thereby the man is assigned naturally the spiritual direction of the family; he founds it, he leads it, he fight for it, he defends it. In contrast, the woman gives the family the inner attitude, she gives it soul; in quiet, rarely-noticed fulfillment of her duties she upholds what the man created and builds the quiet motive in the family relationship." The women were to have children, as many as possible. As "hero-mothers" they were to raise the rising generation for the heroic battle, empower their husbands and sons in their enthusiasm for battle and war, to send them proudly and mission-conscious into the battle/war, nurse wounded fighter/warriors and to consider the heroes' deaths of their husbands and sons as a gift to the Fatherland. Motherhood and readiness to sacrifice were the attributes imposed on women as the "highest duty," but, out of which women derived their own value. They permitted them to feel part of the "racial renewal movement," because the image of the SS-woman "demands from the first and explicitly the active racial identification of the associated women and thereby their readiness to condone the doctrine of the superior value of their own 'race' and to consider themselves part of it... Women should submit themselves passively to the natural hierarchy of the sexes, they should actively promote the racial battle." A woman stylized herself emphatically as a saviour of the German people: "And this instinct, which in us women is stronger than any other capability, was awakened because the Leader touched as a whole man upon those strings of our womanhood whose sound is determined to be dedicated to the holy concepts of sacrifice and of selflessness, because he, in short, awakens in us that which is eternal and unalterable in the German concept of woman: the heroic love that is a vocation to save eternal life for the German people, beyond need and death."
It is true that the SS-wives were to subordinate themselves to their husbands, however, they were compensated
for this acceptance, in that as part of the SS-Order they ranked above all other German men who weren't affiliated
with the SS, but ranked "racially" especially above all German and non-German men that were assessed as being of
"lesser value" - which implied the racist reevaluating of the hierarchy of the sexes. According to Himmler's will,
the SS-wives were to be the "[female] rulers of the future" and were, after the war had been won, to receive
landed estates in the East, to rule there with their families over the men and women that had been defined as
being of "lesser value.""[pp. 60, 61]
The interesting aspect of this is that Gudrun Schwarz provides citations that show that the roots of modern racism came into existence in the 18th century, that they were further developed by all kinds of scientists into racist stereotypes during the 19th century, with William Henschel being one of the first in the 20th century (1907) to express the ideas that were eventually refined by Himmler during his membership in the Artamanen in 1923 into what then became government policy for a program of breeding humans and for the active implementation of Darwinism. [pp. 12, 13] Naturally, for such a program to succeed it was required to develop a scheme whereby a sufficient number of women could literally be bribed into volunteering for a government-sponsored breeding program.
It is curious is that in a society in which women were ostensibly oppressed, as modern feminists would have us believe, it should have been necessary to bribe women into subordinating themselves to men. Surely, in a society and time when women had no freedom of choice that would have been superfluous. However, the promised rewards, as described on page 61 of the book, proved to be a powerful lure.
In a country that has a population density approximately 100 times greater than that encountered in North America, the promised rewards were something that many people, including women, were quite literally willing to kill for. However, what was not addressed by Gudrun Schwarz in her book up to this point is the extent to which the SS-women's ideology permeated most of the female half of German society. After all, to be part of the new nobility and ruling class was not only the dream of just the selected 240,000 women. All German women benefited to varying extents from the realization of that ideology.
A friend mentioned to me the other day: "Did you ever notice how all or at least the majority of our female judges seem to look alike? The majority are blond, slim, tall, wear very little make-up, if any, and have their hair tied back. You know, they remind me very much not only of the standard by which Nazi-women are being depicted in modern movies but also of the Nazi women that we see in war-time news-reels." I must agree with him. There is certainly an uncanny resemblance, not only in their physical appearance but also in their ideology that aims at the persecution of an identifiable minority.
The question is: is it the ideology that forms such women, or is it such women who form such ideologies? In any case, it should be obvious to all that, no more than the Nazis had humanitarian motives that drove their agenda do today's look-alikes appear to have any compunctions about ethnic cleansing. The rewards are similar, although not identical. However, it is the quest for power and domination by a few elitist women to become rulers of all who are defined as being of lesser value that appears to be driving today's political agenda.
The hierarchy that the Nazis attempted to establish in their order of things is now being redefined. In the new world-order we find at the top the elitist women to whom all must subordinate themselves. Next in the order of the ranks are male feminists striving to become part of the new ruling nobility, to become active participants and collaborators just like the SS-women were. In descending order of rank, the parts of society that are of lesser value are the women who have been redefined as being "traitors to the race [of women]" that is, women who dare to have children, or worse yet, women who dare to marry and wish to stay married to raise children within the confines of traditional nuclear families; and then there are the remaining masses of men, with fathers ranking almost at the bottom of the scale, but still considerably ahead of the unborn, who virtually have no rights at all and are being killed off in a holocaust that by far exceeds anything that ever took place in human history__at a rate of currently about 55,000,000 each year.
I'll leave it up to your imagination to determine whether racial overtones play a role in all of this, but, if
you should have any doubts, look at our ghettos and jails, or look even harder at the
abortion policies that are being implemented. Without any question, there is a direct correlation between
the extent of the implementation of abortions and the darkness of the shade of the colour of the skin of the
population in any given country. That would make Margaret Sanger very happy if she were still alive today,
because she believed in __ being a contemporary of Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler__and
promoted a very similar ideology at the time, that abortions should be applied primarily to cull inferior races and
sectors of society __ a form of Darwinistic ethnic cleansing of her own that is very popular these days
with Planned Parenthood International.
Now that men have been devalued and downgraded to the status of inferior humans, who protects our families?
--Walter H. Schneider