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Life among the Ruins

Cityscape and Sexuality in Cold War Berlin

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Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jennifer V. Evans
    Pages 1-15
  3. Jennifer V. Evans
    Pages 16-45
  4. Jennifer V. Evans
    Pages 46-100
  5. Jennifer V. Evans
    Pages 101-148
  6. Jennifer V. Evans
    Pages 149-180
  7. Jennifer V. Evans
    Pages 181-218
  8. Jennifer V. Evans
    Pages 219-225
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 226-317

About this book


As home to 1920s excess and Hitler's Final Solution, Berlin's physical and symbolic landscape was an important staging ground for the highs and lows of modernity. In Cold War Berlin, social and political boundaries were porous, and the rubble gave refuge to a re-emerging gay and lesbian scene, youth gangs, prostitutes, hoods, and hustlers.


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About the authors

JENNIFER V. EVANS is Associate Professor of History at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She teaches a variety of courses in 20th century German history, while her primary area of research is the history of sexuality. She has written about the regulation of same-sex sexuality in Cold War Germany, pink triangle victims during and after the Holocaust, and queer erotic photography as a form of self-narration.

Bibliographic information


"Evans's analysis of the available visual material proves to be innovative and illuminating." - Malte Zierenberg, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

"Greatly aided by her eloquent storytelling, the book reaches out across disciplines and appeals not only to historians of postwar Germany but also to geographers as well as scholars of film, literature, and gender studies." - Yuliya Komska, Dartmouth College, United States