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Gays and Lesbians in Germany – German Culture
Although homosexual acts among men had traditionally been a criminal offense throughout much of Germany, lesbianism homosexual acts among women was not criminalized. This was true in large part because of the subordinate role of women in German state and society. Unlike male homosexuals, lesbians were not generally regarded as a social or political threat. Even after the Nazi rise to power in , most lesbians in Germany were able to live relatively quiet lives, generally undisturbed by the police. Although they were hampered by the inferior roles ascribed to women in Imperial Germany, lesbians had been part of the homosexual emancipation movement in Germany since the s.
Trouble viewing? Open in web browser. History doctoral student Samuel Clowes Huneke analyzed several police files from the s that illuminate the limited toleration some lesbians found during the Nazi regime. By Alex Shashkevich. Lesbians may have enjoyed limited toleration during the Nazi regime in Germany, according to new Stanford research.
Whilst their exact provenance is unknown, it is likely that these labels were handed out to encourage the boycott of Jewish shops and businesses. This type of antisemitic signage was visible all over Germany following the Nazis rise to power. It aimed to exclude Jews from every day life. The Nazis aimed to completely exclude Jews and other minorities from everyday life. Whilst not the primary focus of the Nazi regime its first few years, persecution started from the moment that the Nazis entered power and almost continuously escalated.