The Second World War affected the whole of Europe as well as the world; it caused tremendous loss of life and property. According to one source, approximately forty-eight million men were killed, wounded or became prisoners of warfrom across the globe. More than 3 million Germans were killed, wounded or went missing in the war. After the war the50million population of Germany was dominated by women. Women betweentwenty to forty years of age were in large numbers. By 1950,nearly one-third of families in Germany were headed by single woman. War widows, single mothers,divorced and even young unmarried women found it difficult to get a husband.