What was life like for ordinary Germans under Hitler? Hitlers home front paints a picture of life in WŁrttemberg, a region in south-west Germany, under the Nazi regime. It concentrates in particular on the countryside in wartime.
For most people, their traditional loyalty - to region, village, family and church - took clear precedence over the claims of Nazism.
The priorities of Hitler's regime, including its obsession with eugenics and anti-semitism, were all at odds with traditional rural values. The war however, inflicted acute pressure on villages and towns, conscription leading to catastrophic labour shortages and the war in the east to growing casualties. Evacuees, forced labourers and refugees also changed the character of the village society. Finally, bombing, invasion, defeat and occupation damaged or destroyed both small and large communities
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