Nazi Germany Introduces Marriage Loan to Put Women Back in Kitchen Hot

Nazi Germany Introduces Marriage Loan to Put Women Back in Kitchen

Young Aryan Nazi Girls, 1937

The "Law for the Reduction of Unemployment" in Nazi Germany introduces the Marriage Loan (Ehestandsdarlehen): German women of Aryan descent are given interest-free loans of 1,000 Reichsmark, but only in their husband's name and on the condition that they stop working.

The goal is to free up job positions for unemployed men while also reasserting traditional gender roles: men work while women take care of the home. By 1937 Germany will achieve full employment and will need female workers, so the requirement that women stop working will be dropped.

The amount of the Marriage Loan represents approximately one fifth of average German's yearly take-home pay. One quarter of the loan is forgiven for each child born into the marriage.

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