[excerpts from Hitler’s Table Talk, 1941-1944]
I detest women who dabble in politics. And if their dabbling extends to military matters, it becomes utterly unendurable. Everything that entails combat is exclusively men’s business. There are so many other fields in which one must rely upon women. Organising a house, for example.
A girl’s object is, and should be, to get married. Rather than die as an old maid, it’s better for her to have a child without more ado! Nature doesn’t care the least bit whether, as a preliminary, the people concerned have paid a visit to the registrar. Nature wants a woman to be fertile. Many women go slightly off their heads when they don’t bear children. Everybody says, of a childless woman: “What a hysterical creature!” It’s a thousand times preferable that she should have a natural child, and thus a reason for existence.
Intelligence, in a woman, is not an essential thing. My mother, for example, would have cut a poor figure in the society of our cultivated women. She lived strictly for her husband and children. They were her entire universe. But she gave a son to Germany.