The Soldier-Father Contradiction: Sex in the Third Reich – Short Shorts, German History

Can you be both a soldier and a father at the same time? How do you go to the front knowing you might never see your children again? Males in Nazi Germany were expected to do exactly that, so what was that like?

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Audio Credits

Podcast theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant”, “Mystery Sax”, and “There It Is” by Kevin MacLeod. Short Shorts theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant” by Kevin MacLeod and “Short Shorts” by the Royal Teens.

Additional music and audio from “Marching 3” by Freesound.org.

Image Credits

World War Soldier – Needpix.com

German Soldier Helmet – PublicDomainVectors.org

Baby Carriage – Needpix.com

Hitler face – Needpix.com

SS Flag – Wikipedia

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