Hitler believed in the "big state". Indeed, Nazism attempted to subvert everything to the state: trade unions were forcibly scrapped, the media came under total state control- and healthcare was one thing Adolf believed was necessary in order the "strengthen German blood". Everything from (terrible) ideas of eugenics, compulsory sterilisation, euthenasia and also making things easier for (Aryans) to have large families. For instance, the German equivalent of the British "family allowance" (a universal benefit paid to all families per child), was over 4 times as much as the British got. Nazi and S.S organisations, such as "strength through joy", formed the backbone of Nazi Germany's attempts to create a better life for those citizens deemed worthy: holiday camps were set up, national holidays increased, and motherhood was promoted to a fantastic degree. Hitler stated:
"I wish that the worker be granted a sufficient holiday and that everything is done, in order to let this holiday as well all other leisure time to be truly recreational. I wish this, because I want a determined people with strong nerves, for truly great politics can only be achieved with a people that keeps its nerves.". |
Plainly, healthcare and a strong ethos of family was central to the "regeneration" of German culture as perceived by the Nazis.
The SS organisation, Lebensborn,
was a system of care homes for unmarried German women, and also an adoption agency. Later on, German conquests of the East meant that children deemed capable of "Germanisation" were adopted by SS and German couples with no children of their own. Reputedly, (but incorrectly), Lebensborn was accused of being a breeding programme. The women who went to such centres were given absolutely the best care available. All of which points to Hitler and Himmler's notions that only strong (and pure) Germans can go on to produce more
strong Germans, who can go on to "regenerate" Western society. Healthcare was therefore absolutely central.