Friday, 21 February 2014

A Nazi Doll's House

It's hard to imagine nowadays how much Nazi ideology permeated every expect of German life. What brought it home to me recently was a child's doll's house (Puppenhaus) from 1933 that is on display at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin.

Here you have the philosophy of a German woman's role - Kinder, Küche, Kirche - distilled into a toy for girl's to enact their play-fantasies about future adult life under the Nazi regime.
Scenes with girls of the  Bund Deutscher Mädel / BDM (the female wing of the Hitler Youth) decorate the wall-paper in this toy kitchen. A photo of Hitler and Mussolini adorn the wall. Charming.
The perfect marital bedroom, blessed by a painting of the Madonna and child. 
A parlour-room, complete with a photo of Adolf on the wall, embellished with cute little swastika flags.
You might argue that a Barbie Dreamhouse isn't any better for young girls to play with, but at least Ken never comes with a Storm-trooper uniform or Luger pistol accessories (except perhaps in wilder parts of the internet).

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