On August 12, 1938, Adolf Hitler institutes the Mother’s Cross, to encourage German women to have more children, to be awarded each year on August 12, Hitler’s mother’s birthday.

Hitler and mother with the Mutterkreuz

Hitler and mother with the Mutterkreuz

The German Reich needed a robust and growing population and encouraged couples to have large families. It started such encouragement early. Once members of the distaff wing of the Hitler Youth movement, the League of German Girls, turned 18, they became eligible for a branch called Faith and Beauty, which trained these girls in the art of becoming ideal mothers. One component of that ideal was fecundity. And so each year, in honor of his beloved mother, Klara, and in memory of her birthday, a gold medal was awarded to women with seven children, a silver to women with six, and a bronze to women with five.

family from Saxony, Germany, Aug 1943; note mother with Cross of Honor of the German Mother, six sons in military service, and two son in Hitler Youth

family from Saxony, Germany, Aug 1943; note mother with Cross of Honor of the German Mother, six sons in military service, and two son in Hitler Youth

 

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  1. Birgit says:

    ick-12 children! I have to laugh as my mom was not given a choice and taken out of her parent’s home to be placed in the Hitler youth as it was felt she was not given the proper “teachings”. My mom, being 12, was the ire of one nasty German broad who governed the young girls. When that woman dumped my mom’s locker belongings on the floor as it was not organized to her requirements, my mom took her clothes and chased that woman down the hall saying she was going to kill her. My mom ended up in “the hole”. A small room with a cot and a toilet as punishment. My mom did a hunger strike and 3 days later, after my mom’s tongue swelled, they had to send her home otherwise there would be too much of an “incident”. I don’t think my Oma and Opa and my mom were the wonderful family Hitler wanted them to be. Mind you i wonder if my Oma got such a stupid medal as she did have 5 kids.

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