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Gender and Power in the Third Reich

Female Denouncers and the Gestapo (1933–45)


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Vandana Joshi
    Pages 1-20
  3. Vandana Joshi
    Pages 21-42
  4. Vandana Joshi
    Pages 168-197
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 198-229

About this book


This book examines the everyday operations of the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police. The Gestapo were able to detect the smallest signs of non-compliance with Nazi doctrines, especially 'crimes' pertaining to the private spheres of social, family, and sexual life. One of the key factors in the enforcement of Nazi policies was the willingness of German citizens to provide the authorities with information about suspected 'criminality'. This book examines women denouncers in Nazi Germany through close examination of the Gestapo files. The author seeks to answer questions about how women in particular used denunciation and why so many ordinary women denounced 'deviants and dissenters' to the Gestapo.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Technical UniversityBerlinGermany

About the authors

VANDANA JOSHI has conducted extensive research in the Gestapo Archives as a Fellow of the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) and the IFU (Internationale Frauen Universität). She is affiliated with the Technical University, Berlin, from where she gained a doctorate. She lives in New Delhi, India, with her family.

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