Student Research Projects

Women in World War II Germany: Lack of Preparation, Strive for Normalcy, and Desensitization

Student Morgan Piero, ‘15
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department History
Course HIST 353: History of Women in Europe since 1700


This research examines how German women faired under Allied bombings during World War II. The bombings began in 1942 and continued through 1945. The paper argues that women failed to prepare for the air raids, which partially was a result of the Third Reich’s failure to prepare the home front for the attacks. Women generally strived for normalcy, especially for their children, amid the chaos and violence. Finally, with death all around them, women became desensitized to the bombings and death.