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Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945$
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Marion A. Kaplan

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171648

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171648.001.0001

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Family Life

Family Life

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Jewish Daily Life in Germany, 1618-1945

Trude Maurer

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that traditional criteria for a “suitable match” remained largely valid even in the Weimar era. Family size declined, and during the Nazi period the birth rate dropped dramatically. At the same time, however, most Jews attached increased significance to the family as a (supposedly) protected sphere and nucleus of the community. Emphasis on the family served to reinforce traditional gender roles, despite the rise in female wage earning. Thus, there were contradictory developments in family life during the entire period.

Keywords:   German Jews, family life, Nazi regime, Jewish girls

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