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14 May

The history of sexuality in Nazi Germany unites two subjects vulnerable to sensationalist coverage: sex and Nazism.Film scholars have observed a tendency to eroticize National Socialism in that medium, a phenomenon that reflects (and perhaps perpetuates) the dangerous allure of fascism.After the war, the treatment of homosexuals in concentration camps went unacknowledged by most countries, and some men were even re-arrested and imprisoned based on evidence found during the Nazi years.It was not until the 1980s that governments began to acknowledge this episode, and not until 2002 that the German government apologized to the gay community.It is unclear how many of the 5,000 to 15,000 eventually died in the camps, but leading scholar RĂ¼diger Lautmann believes that the death rate of homosexuals in concentration camps may have been as high as 60%.Homosexuals in the camps were treated in an unusually cruel manner by their captors.

The Gestapo compiled lists of homosexuals, who were compelled to sexually conform to the "German norm." Between 19, an estimated 100,000 men were arrested as homosexuals, of whom some 50,000 were officially sentenced.

In a recent front-page story, the Los Angeles Times characterized Lebensborn as a place where "11,000 children were born to women who mated with elite SS officers," although all serious investigations describe Lebensborn as a home for pregnant women who could demonstrate the racial acceptability of their offspring-to-be.

Popular perceptions of many historic episodes are stubbornly resistant to evidence, but it is worth asking whether there is something special about the combination of Nazism and sex.

The Nazis posed as moral crusaders who wanted to stamp out the "vice" of homosexuality from Germany in order to help win the racial struggle.

Once they took power in 1933, the Nazis intensified persecution of German male homosexuals.