The Pittsburgh Press (March 20, 1943)
40% in 3 cities fail to answer call for workers
By the United Press
A German underground radio station said today that 40-70% of German women called up for war industry were refusing to report to mobilization authorities.
In Duisburg, Essen and Hamburg, three of Germany’s principal industrial centers, the broadcast said, 40% of the women failed to answer.
Evasion of the work decree was said to be facilitated by the fact that hundreds of thousands of women in cities bombed by the Royal Air Force have no permanent address.
Groups of women staged demonstrations in Kiel and Dresden, the broadcast reported.
Speaking in Dortmund, German Commissioner General for Employment Fritz Sauckel admitted that Adolf Hitler hesitated for a long time before ordering the conscription of women for German factories, a DNB Agency dispatch broadcast by Radio Berlin said.
But the German women must never forget that they are doing this for their children and for their Führer.