Life Under the Third Reich as Seen Through the Eyes of Women Who Lived It

Amanda Stout, Western Kentucky University

Document Type Article


History is a collection of personal experiences. Much ofthe information amassed about the Third Reich comes from records and personal testimony, whether in journals or interviews. It's unfortunate that time must move forward and people pass on, taking their personal histories with them. Testimonies coming from those who lived under the Third Reich give the younger generations an interesting history lesson as well as preserve those personal narratives for further study. For this thesis, I interviewed two women who not only lived through the Second World War but grew up in the Third Reich society. Additionally, I used Alison Owings' Frauen German Women Recall the Third Reich, a collection of personal testimonies by German women. I have also utilized secondary sources to help the reader to better comprehend Nazi Gelman society.