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Sexuality and German Fascism

Edited by Dagmar Herzog

360 pages, index

ISBN  978-1-57181-652-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (November 2004)

ISBN  978-1-57181-551-4 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (November 2004)

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"…this volume makes a significant contribution to the field of German history, allowing experts in the field as well as researchers in other areas a forceful immersion into the workings and deployment of sexual categories and policies during and following the Third Reich. There is little doubt that it will become a standard text for teaching and future research."  ·  Sexuality & Culture

“…by bringing together the threads of an ongoing scholarly discussion and placing that discussion in a fresh interpretive framework, this volume... makes an exciting contribution to our understanding of the sexual politics of National Socialism and the connection between sexual politics and ‘politics’ more traditionally defined…essential reading for the historian of twentieth-century Germany.”  ·  Central European History


The interrelationship of fascism and sexuality has attracted a great deal of interest for some time now. This collection offers fresh perspectives by leading scholars on the history of sexuality under national socialism on such topics as the persecution of Jewish-gentile sex in the "race defilement" trials, homophobic propaganda and the prosecution of same-sex activity within the Wehrmacht and SS, representations of female sexuality in film, prostitution on home and battle fronts, sexual relations between Germans and foreign forced laborers, and reproductive practices among Jewish survivors. Moreover, the authors provide new insights into the relationships between Nazi sexual politics and antisemitism and challenge assumptions of Nazism as sexually repressive; instead they emphasize the interrelationships between incitement to sexual activity and persecution and mass murder.

Dagmar Herzog is Professor of History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and the author of Sex after Fascism: Memory and Morality in Twentieth-Century Germany (Princeton 2004) and Intimacy and Exclusion: Religious Politics in Pre-revolutionary Baden (Princeton 1996).

Subject: Gender Studies and Sexuality Cultural Studies (General) Gender Studies and Sexuality
Area: Germany


Chapter 1. Hubris and Hypocrisy, Incitement and Disavowal: Sexuality and German Fascism
Dagmar Herzog

Chapter 2. Sexuality and Nazism: The Doubly Unspeakable?
Elizabeth D. Heineman

Chapter 3. Backlash against Prostitutes’ Rights: Origins and Dynamics of Nazi Prostitution Policies
Julie Roos

Chapter 4. Homophobic Propaganda and the Denunciation of Same-Sex-Desiring Men under National Socialism
Stefan Micheler

Chapter 5. Telling Sexual Stories in the Nazi Courts of Law: Race Defilemtn in Gerany, 1993 to 1945
Patricia Szobar

Chapter 6. Fascism and the Female Form: Performance Art in the Third Reich
Terri J. Gordon

Chapter 7. Forbidden Company: Romantic Relationships between Germans and Foreigners, 1939 to 1945
Birthe Kundrus

Chapter 8. Sex with a Purpose: Prostitution, Veneral Disease, and Militarized Masculinity in the Third Reich
Annette F. Timm

Chapter 9. The Denial of Homosexuality: Same-Sex Incidents in Himmlers SS and Police
Geoffrey J. Giles

Chapter 10. Victims, Villains, and Survivors: Gendered Perceptions and Self-Perceptions of Jewish Displaced Persons in Occupied Postwar Germany
Atina Grossman

Chapter 11.The Pink Triangle and Political Consciousness; Gays, Lesbians, and the Memory of Nazi Persecution
Erik N. Jensen

Notes on Contributors

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