Female Administrators of the Third Reich

  • Rachel Century

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide book series (PSHG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Rachel Century
    Pages 1-13
  3. Hitler’s Helferinnen

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Rachel Century
      Pages 17-50
    3. Rachel Century
      Pages 51-79
  4. Sex, Lies and Stenography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Rachel Century
      Pages 83-113
    3. Rachel Century
      Pages 115-130
    4. Rachel Century
      Pages 131-156
  5. Chaos, Confusion and Consequences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Rachel Century
      Pages 159-174
    3. Rachel Century
      Pages 175-204
    4. Rachel Century
      Pages 205-225
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-275

About this book


This book compares female administrators who specifically chose to serve the Nazi cause in voluntary roles with those who took on such work as a progression of established careers. Under the Nazi regime, secretaries, SS-Helferinnen (female auxiliaries for the SS) and Nachrichtenhelferinnen des Heeres (female auxiliaries for the army) held similar jobs: taking dictation, answering telephones, sending telegrams. Yet their backgrounds and degree of commitment to Nazi ideology differed markedly. The author explores their motivations and what they knew about the true nature of their work. These women had access to information about the administration of the Holocaust and are a relatively untapped resource. Their recollections shed light on the lives, love lives, and work of their superiors, and the tasks that contributed to the displacement, deportation and death of millions. The question of how gender intersected with Nazism, repression, atrocity and genocide forms the conceptual thread of this book.


Nazi Germany Holocaust genocide Shoah gender

Authors and affiliations

  • Rachel Century
    • 1
  1. 1.Holocaust Memorial Day TrustLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54892-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54893-1
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