When Hitler and the Nazi Party claimed complete control over Germany in 1933, they were set on reconstructing the entire German skeleton to shape it into the perfect model of a pure blooded German. Children were raised under the Nazi flag and were taught their beliefs in schools under the control of the Nazis. Women were removed from the work force to raise the children and keep the home up to standards. Hitler wanted to transform Germany into a super power, with its citizens armed with the necessities required to maintain that status.
The Nazi regime directed much of its attention to the family life and the low birth rates. Hitler believed that more children meant security and insurance for the Fatherland. Nazi propaganda promoted marriage between German men and women deemed socially adequate so they could produce children to further the country. The annual birth rates in 1900 per thousand were 3.3; by the 1930s it was 14.7. According to historian Richard Grunberger, the large increase in births reflected "a biological vote of confidence in the regime". Financial incentives such as marriage loans, child subsidies, and family allowances persuaded German men and women to join in matrimony and produce children for Germany. Laws were passed, like the Law for the Encouragement of Marriage, which decreed that all newly married couples would get a government loan of 1000 marks, which was equivalent about 9 months common income. This loan had to be paid back, but Hitler offered a lucrative deal to the newlyweds. The more children the couple had, the less they had to pay back to the government. So if the couple had one child, they did not have to pay back 25% of the loan. Two children...
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... loyalty. Hitler was breeding an army out of his nation’s citizens that were undeniably loyal to him and his party. The efforts of these Nazi authorities to regulate and censor the arts, education and family life contributed towards Hitler’s goal of a total culture that was completely under his authoritative control.
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