Hitler’s Handmaidens: Cougars and Fantasists (Sky History, June 11, 2024)

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The upcoming episode of Hitler’s Handmaidens, titled “Cougars and Fantasists,” airs on Sky History on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 9:00 pm. The episode looks into the stories of fanatical women who played a significant role in Hitler’s rise to power.

This installment explores the lives of women who were initially devoted followers and supporters of Hitler, helping to shape him and his image to gain political power. However, once he achieved his goals, these women were left behind and forgotten. The episode specifically focuses on the NS-Frauenschaft, the main political organization for Nazi women, and Hitler’s address to them in September 1934. In his speech, Hitler acknowledges the loyal support of women in the national socialist movement.

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“Cougars and Fantasists” looks at the often-overlooked role of women in the Third Reich, challenging the traditional portrayal of women as passive homemakers in Nazi Germany. By examining individual biographies, the episode highlights the diverse and complex ways women engaged with and enabled the Nazi regime, particularly in the Eastern territories, where much of the war was fought.

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Hitler’s Handmaidens offers a unique perspective on World War II history, arguing that the Nazis’ success was dependent on the active participation of women and that the factors contributing to the rise of Nazi Germany are not confined to the past but continue to hold relevance today.

Hitler’s Handmaidens: Cougars and Fantasists airs on Sky History on Tuesday, 11 June 2024, at 9:00 pm.

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