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Resistance Women


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Do you think the women had certain advantages or vulnerabilities that their male counterparts did not? Were they considered more expendable or more valuable than men?

Created: 02/27/20

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davinamw

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Do you think the women had certain advantages or vulnerabilities that their male counterparts did not? Were they considered more expendable or more valuable than men?

What were some of the specific obstacles and concerns that women faced when choosing to act as part of the resistance? Do you think they had certain advantages or vulnerabilities that their male counterparts did not? Were they considered more expendable or more valuable than men?


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judithc

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RE: Do you think the women had certain advantages or vulnerabilities that their male counterparts did not? Were they considered more expendable or more valuable than men?

I think the women did have certain advantages over the men. They were just not suspected as much as men plus the Natzis in general looked down on women thinking they were weak and belonged in the home.


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paulagb

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RE: Do you think the women had certain advantages or vulnerabilities that their male counterparts did not? Were they considered more expendable or more valuable than men?

The women to a certain extent could operate under the radar of the Nazis. As others have observed the belief of the Nazis that women belonged in the home cooking and raising children allowed the women to be a little more brazen. Men were closely watched or quickly imprisoned. Women were ignored and assumed to be uninvolved. The attitude that women were not as valuable also infected the resistance occasionally. It masqueraded as chivalry.


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dianeh

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RE: Do you think the women had certain advantages or vulnerabilities that their male counterparts did not? Were they considered more expendable or more valuable than men?

I agree with the previous comments. The women did have an advantage in that the Nazis did not regard them with the same degree of suspicion as they did the men. Partly for this reason, they may have been more valuable to the resistance than the men as they could move around more freely. I believe that the Nazis considered them totally expendable.


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dianaps

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RE: Do you think the women had certain advantages or vulnerabilities that their male counterparts did not? Were they considered more expendable or more valuable than men?

Yes, the women were less noticeable and the Nazi's would not of suspected them of anything.


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somanybooks...

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RE: Do you think the women had certain advantages or vulnerabilities that their male counterparts did not? Were they considered more expendable or more valuable than men?

Of course women had advantages and vulnerabilities as resistance participants. The Nazis were sexists when it came to their beliefs women were to be mothers, homemakers and wives, so there was an opportunity to do espionage assignments with little detection or suspicion. For example, Sara's being selected to be the drop off for the short wave radio for encoded messages to the Soviets. A man shuttling the radio in a suitcase would've been so much more suspicious. Other women like Gaerta who were mothers were vulnerable because they had children to protect. Their value was truly in the low profiles in which they could hide.


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charleneds

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RE: Do you think the women had certain advantages or vulnerabilities that their male counterparts did not? Were they considered more expendable or more valuable than men?

Women weren't valued in the Nazi culture and so they were overlooked by the Nazis when they were doing their resistance work. I did think that the women might have been afraid of the danger they were in but were willing to do what needed to be done to succeed and in many cases the men held them back. They were not treated as equals in the movement.


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