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News Brief Germany Overturns Gay Convictions

News Brief: Germany to Overturn Convictions for Thousands of Gay Men

by Aaron Shepard

News Brief Germany Overturns Gay Convictions

News Brief:  Germany to Overturn Convictions for Thousands of Gay Men

Germany will consider vacating the convictions of thousands of gay men who were charged after the fall of the Nazi regime.  German Justice Minister Heiko Maas has pledged to send a bill to parliament voiding the convictions and allowing for compensation to victims.

Paragraph 175 states that “a male who commits lewd and lascivious acts with another male or permits himself to be so abused for lewd and lascivious acts shall be punished by imprisonment.”  The Nazis enforced this law in Germany and conquered territories, including France, to arrest more than 100,000 gay men.  If convicted, the men were sent to work and concentration camps.

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