Peace at any price: the visit of Nazi Women’s leader Gertrud Scholtz-Klink to London in March 1939 and the response of British Women Activists

GOTTLIEB, Julie V. and STIBBE, Matthew (2016). Peace at any price: the visit of Nazi Women’s leader Gertrud Scholtz-Klink to London in March 1939 and the response of British Women Activists. Women's History Review. (In Press)

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Abstract

In early March 1939 the Nazi women’s leader (Reichsfrauenfühererin) Gertrud Scholtz-Klink made a little-known visit to London at the invitation of the Women’s League of Health and Beauty and the Anglo-German Fellowship. Taking place against the background of intense efforts to maintain peace, and growing expectations of war, the visit prompted a variety of responses from British women activists. Through analysing these responses, as well as examining why this visit has been overlooked in historical writing, this article sheds new light both on women’s particular contribution to appeasement and on the gendering and feminising of internationalist activism in the aftermath of the First World War more generally. The German intentions behind accepting the invitation, the protests by a small number of London-based anti-fascist women and the reason why even some pro-appeasement women like Nancy Astor refused to meet Scholtz-Klink, are also explored.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Humanities Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1080/09612025.2016.1181333
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Depositing User: Matthew Stibbe
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 15:55
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 08:19
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12142

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