One of the things Hitler placed strong emphasis on was creating the master race. Sexual relationships were key to this, as they resulted in the birth of children who would make up the composition of German people.
Firstly, Hitler set in place restrictions on reproduction. Ideally, only those “deemed fit” (Moeller, 82) would reproduce, which is why the Nazis passed laws that “provided for the sterilization of Germans with hereditary diseases (Moeller, 88) and encouraged those who met the criteria to have as many children as possible. In fact, Nazis took many measures to encourage reproduction between healthy German citizens. An example of this is the “Healthy Parents – Healthy Children” poster, which features a large, happy, Aryan family, encouraging people to have many children. It’s like they were saying “look, you can also be this happy if you have many children!” There were also many incentives such as marriage loans and other economic benefits that were provided. By controlling who was allowed to proliferate, Hitler was essentially regulating which traits would be passed on, thus “purifying” the race and ridding it of impurities. Furthermore, Hitler also tried regulating who people could mate with. He made “marriages between Jews and citizens of German […] related blood [were] forbidden” (Moeller, 98), and encouraged Aryans to find companionship with fellow Aryans.
Hitler’s fixation on women’s roles in society may have been so strong, in part, due to the idea of the “New Woman” that arose during the Weimar era. The “New Woman” is her own person, with no regard to her household responsibilities. One can easily see how this would threaten Hitler’s plans for creating a master race, as family-minded women are crucial to bearing children and furthering the race. He thus took various measures to remind women of their importance and responsibility to the nation. In his speech to the National Socialist Women’s Organization, he said “whatever sacrifices man makes in the struggles for his people, woman makes in the struggle for the preservation of her people in the family units” (Moeller, 80). Notice the word “preservation.” The words he uses are careful chosen to maximise their effect: he creates a sense of urgency and calls on people to act quickly on it. He also starts people off young, with the creation of The Hitler Youth organization. Through that he tries to instill family-oriented values in young girls, reminding them of their role to support their men, and later become mothers to further the nation.