Academia Hernando Reading preview: “Women of the Third Reich”

As the study of history continues to teach us more and more about the tragedies and atrocities of the Holocaust, German historian Anette Isaacs provides valuable insight into the little-discussed role of women in this era of the story. The Academia Hernando Community Learning Series will perform “Women of the Third Reich” Friday, September 30 at 10 a.m., presented by Anette Isaacs, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

Academia Hernando is a nonprofit, lifelong learning organization that provides quality education and learning experiences for mature students throughout Hernando County and beyond. Their goal is to inform, educate and inspire adult learners through a series of weekly lectures on a wide variety of topics.

“The mission of women is to be beautiful and to bring children into the world.” These auspicious words, written by Hitler’s spokesman Joseph Goebbels in 1929, laid out the simple but essential role that German women were expected to play in the future Third Reich,” reads a description of the statement. ‘event. “Examining both the general situation of women in Nazi Germany and the individual lives of Nazi elite wives and girlfriends, such as Magda Goebbels, Leni Riefenstahl and the infamous Eva Braun. German historian and public educator Anette Issacs will reveal the extent to which this lofty expectation was met by reality in a racially motivated totalitarian system.

Anette Isaacs, MA, is a German historian and public educator who has presented hundreds of programs on over 30 different topics (all related to her native country’s history, politics, and culture) in the Chicagoland area. and in South Florida. Isaacs has earned master’s degrees in American Studies, Political Science, and History, and is an adjunct faculty member in the lifelong learning departments of Oakton College, College of Lake County, Harper College, College of DuPage and McHenry County College, all located in Illinois. She is also a popular instructor at Florida Atlantic University’s OLLI in Boca Raton.

“I am delighted to be a guest speaker at Academia Hernando this fall. As a German historian and public educator, I am particularly interested in presenting programs that are not only informative, but also challenging and enlightening,” a- she said, “Talking about the role of women in Nazi Germany certainly serves that purpose.”

Isaacs says her presentation will be about a full spectrum of women living during this time. “We’re going to look at the general situation of ‘ordinary’ women in the Third Reich,” she said, “and then we’ll also take a closer look at Nazi elite wives and girlfriends, like Magda Goebbels and the infamous Eva Braun Isaacs is eager to share what she knows with the audience at Academia Hernando.

“It will be a fascinating presentation and I am thrilled to come from Palm Beach Gardens to meet all of the lifelong learners and history buffs in my audience,” she said. Academia Hernando Board Member Sharon Printz is proud to welcome Anette Isaacs back to the Academia Hernando stage. “Anette Isaacs is from Germany and knows a lot of the country’s history,” she said. “Her subject this time, Women of the Third Reich, is a topic that has rarely been discussed. We look forward to hearing his ideas.

Upcoming at Academia Hernando, “Edible Florida & Basic Survival Skills,” which will be presented Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m. by Don Philpott; “China Under Communism,” presented Friday, October 14 at 10 a.m. by Dr. David Kelly; “Around the World in 100 Minutes,” presented Friday, October 21 at 10 a.m. by Joy Katzen-Guthrie; Nan Colton will present “Agatha Christie, Queen of the Murder Mysteries” on Friday, October 28 at 10 a.m.; Ross Tarr, MS and Wanda Stuart, MS will present “Storyteller of Old Tampa” on Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m.; and on Friday, November 11, a mystery bus tour will close the series.

Academia Hernando, formed as a retired learning division of the University of South Florida and originally titled “Mondays at Brooksville,” they met in the Commission Chambers of the Courthouse . It was incorporated as a national 501(c)3 non-profit corporation on November 18, 2010.

Academia Hernando lectures start at 10 a.m. sharp and last 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission. To register for the entire lecture series in addition to a mystery excursion, print the registration form available at and send it with your check for 80 $ payable to Academia Hernando, Inc. and send to:
Bev Nuzzi
15027 Middle Fairway Drive
Brooksville, FL 34609

Checks can also be brought to an Academia Hernando presentation; in addition, walk-in admissions are available at $15 per presentation. Visit for more information or call (352) 345-8345.

Angela C. Hale