Helen Rosenau, Changing Attitudes towards Women, in: Free German League of Culture in Great Britain (ed.), Women under the Swastika, London 1942, pp. 26-27.

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Helen Rosenau was an art historian and archaeologist who had to flee Germany for England in 1933 after the Nazis came to power. After her emigration, she, like numerous other Jewish scholars, found herself in a precarious situation. In her publications, a clear political positioning now became visible for the first time. In 1942, she wrote the present article for the publication „Women under the Swastika“ published by the Free German League of Culture in Great Britain Freier deutscher Kulturbund in Großbritannien, an organization of emigrants. The League saw itself as a non-partisan refugee organization dedicated to teaching German culture. It was close to the German Communist Party (KPD). Nevertheless, it fulfilled an important task for many, even non-Communist, refugees in England. In her publication, Rosenau examined the role of women in National Socialist Germany and outlined the development of a German feminism. In doing so, she translated Friedrich Schleiermacher's 1798 “Idea for a Catechism for Noble Women” into English and compared these ideas to the reality of women under National Socialism. Rosenau expressed the hope that the German feminist movement would be resurrected in the future.
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Helen Rosenau, Changing Attitudes towards Women, in: Free German League of Culture in Great Britain (ed.), Women under the Swastika, London 1942, pp. 26-27., edited in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History, <https://dx.doi.org/10.23691/jgo:source-234.en.v1> [September 27, 2021].