© 2012

Male Homosexuality in West Germany

Between Persecution and Freedom, 1945–69


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Clayton J. Whisnant
    Pages 1-14
  3. Clayton J. Whisnant
    Pages 15-63
  4. Clayton J. Whisnant
    Pages 64-111
  5. Clayton J. Whisnant
    Pages 112-165
  6. Clayton J. Whisnant
    Pages 166-203
  7. Clayton J. Whisnant
    Pages 204-212
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 213-262

About this book


Whisnant argues that the period after Nazism was more important for the history of homosexuality in Germany than is generally recognized. Gay scenes resurfaced; a more masculine view of homosexuality also became prominent. Above all, a public debate about homosexuality emerged, constituting a critical debate within the Sexual Revolution.


Germany history liberty reform revolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Wofford CollegeUSA

About the authors

CLAYTON J. WHISNANT is Associate Professor of History at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. He teaches a range of courses in twentieth century European history and his research focuses on masculinity, sexuality, and West Germany during the Cold War.

Bibliographic information


"It is, as far as I can see, the first English-language monograph offering a comprehensive and source-based treatment of the post-war history of male same-sex desires in West Germany. It offers its readers numerous fruitful thoughts and inspiring insights into the history of homosexualities as well as German history." - Benno Gammerl, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany