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One of the reasons the Germans lost WWII, it has been argued, was because they failed to mobilize their female labor force to the same degree as their enemies. This had much to do with a “Kinder, Kuche, Kirche” (children, kitchen, church) mentality that consigned women to a world of old-fashioned domestic chores and child rearing.

But it didn’t have to be this way, as “Bauhaus Taste — Bauhaus Kitchen” at the Shiodome Museum demonstrates in an exhibition that pays testament to the role some German designers had in freeing women for other duties through the modernization of the kitchen.

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