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Forgotten Agents in a Forgotten Zone: German Women under French Occupation in Post-Nazi Germany, 1945-1949

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Forgotten Agents in a Forgotten Zone: German Women under French Occupation in Post-Nazi Germany, 1945-1949

Rossy, Katherine (2013) Forgotten Agents in a Forgotten Zone: German Women under French Occupation in Post-Nazi Germany, 1945-1949. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

By the spring of 1945, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Soviet Union and France commenced the difficult task of restoring order to a continent that had witnessed unprecedented death and destruction at the hands of the Nazis. This task proved to be most arduous in post-Nazi Germany, where aerial bombings, mass rape and endemic hunger created inherently gendered experiences of defeat and occupation for a civilian population in which women largely outnumbered men.
As the occupation took shape, the Soviet, British and American Military Governments granted German women in their Zones a relative degree of social and political agency by sanctioning women’s activities and organizations. The French Zone, on the other hand, one that has come to be known as the 'forgotten Zone' in postwar historiography, did not follow suit.
The lack of French occupation policy toward German women disempowered them in the public sphere, where the failure of denazification and cultural imperialist policies and the absence of sanctioned women’s agencies stripped women of their agency altogether. Postwar depopulation anxieties and Gaullist ambitions of French ‘grandeur’ soon led to reforms in post-Liberation family and immigration policy, furthermore. Designed to reconstruct the ideal 'French race' along the lines of race, gender and nationalism, the French Zone became the base of a contentious repatriation program that radically subverted German motherhood.
By charting the interaction between German women and French occupation policy- or often lack thereof- this dissertation charts the ways in which women under French occupation were socially and politically marginalized within the broader context of the other Allies’ occupations policies. In other words, it excavates the lost narrative of forgotten agents in a forgotten Zone between 1945 and 1949.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Rossy, Katherine
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:History
Date:5 August 2013
Thesis Supervisor(s):Schade, Rosemarie
Keywords:Post-Nazi Germany; Postwar France; French Zone of Occupation; German Women.
ID Code:977484
Deposited By: KATHERINE ROSSY
Deposited On:25 Nov 2013 17:34
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:44
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