Date of Award

Spring 2005

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Peace & Conflict Studies Department

First Advisor

Robert Weinberg


Dwyer-Frazier’s thesis examines Nazi efforts to control the family in Nazi Germany, with particular attention to its effects on children. Using the work of Hannah Arendt, journal articles and secondary sources, she argues that the Hitler Youth did not succeed in reducing the family to serving only procreative purposes, but it did force children from the private sphere into the public. While some children embraced this policy, youth resistance movements attempted to create a public sphere outside the authority of Nazis or parents. Dwyer-Frazier concludes that most German children were, like their parents, uncertain about Nazi ideology but unwilling to do anything but go along.