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Civitas - Revista de Ciências Sociais

versão impressa ISSN 1519-6089versão On-line ISSN 1984-7289

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POHN-LAUGGAS, Maria. The hidden perpetrators: Female involvement in National Socialism and its biographical adaption. Civitas, Rev. Ciênc. Soc. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.1, pp.85-99. ISSN 1984-7289.  https://doi.org/10.15448/1984-7289.2016.1.23289.

Women who were not persecuted by the Nazi regime were integrated in various ways into the Nazi society and so contributed to its stabilization and perpetuation. The question of the ways in which women contributed to Nazism and so to its crimes was suppressed after the Nazi defeat. On the basis of their gender, women were constructed as victims of the war and the hardships of the post-war period. In Austria specifically, this victim construction was blended with a national victim discourse that depicted Austria as the first victim of Hitler's Germany, so allowing the denial of Austrians’ participation in Nazi crimes. In this context, this article aims to show, through three reconstructed biographies how, with the help of victim constructions, the biographical subjects extenuate and deny their own involvement in the Nazi society, in so doing positioning women's activity as exterior to the practice of a perpetrator group constructed as male.

Palavras-chave : National Socialism; Female biographies; Perpetrator; Victim discourse.

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