In addition to noting major events during the Third Reich, World War II, and
the Holocaust, this chronology pays attention to those that are particularly
relevant to the subject of women and the Holocaust.
|1933||January 30|| Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor of Germany.|
German Jews soon feel the effects of the Nazis'
anti-Jewish policies of segregation and forced
Dachau, one of the first concentration camps in|
Germany, is established about ten miles north-
west of Munich.
The Nazis instigate public burnings of books|
by Jewish authors and authors opposed to Naz-
|May 26|| Nazi legislation restricts abortion and prohibits|
voluntary sterilization but also legalizes race-
The Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily|
Diseased Offspring is passed in Germany. Tak-
ing effect on January 1, 1934, it orders steriliz-
ation to prevent the propagation of
lebensunwertes Leben (lives unworthy of life).
Some 200,000 to 350,000 persons were ster-
ilized by 1939.
|July 20||The Vatican signs a concordat with Germany.|
The first centralized concentration camp for|
women opens at Moringen.