Mühlhäuser 2009 Potency

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Author: Regina Mühlhäuser

Title: Between 'Racial Awareness' and Fantasies of Potency

Subtitle: Nazi Sexual Politics in the Occupied Territories of the Soviet Union, 1942-1945

In: Brutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe’s Twentieth Century

Edited by: Dagmar Herzog

Place: Basingstoke

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Year: 2009

Pages: 197-220

Series: Genders and Sexualities in History

ISBN-10: 0230542530 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780230542532 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780230285637 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780230234291 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | German History, Russian History | Types: Wartime Rape / Second World War

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Author: Regina Mühlhäuser, Hamburger Institut für SozialforschungWikipedia

Abstract: »Regina Mühlhäuser provides a pathbreaking assessment of the Nazi Wehrmacht's attempts to regulate the sexuality of German men in the total war conditions on the Eastern front in the first half of the 1940s. Charting officials' responses not only to rape and other kinds of sexual abuse but also to consensual sexual and romantic liaisons with women in the occupied territories of the East (including those resulting in reproduction), Mühlhäuser offers a fine-grained analysis of the conflicting demands of the Nazis' racial, sexual, and military aims, and shows just how open-ended, continually evolving, and contradictory were the Wehrmacht's efforts to channel sexual desire in racially approved paths even as military leaders were also moved by their own beliefs about the imperatives of regular heterosexual outlets for improving soldiers' military performance. Finally, however, Mühlhäuser demonstrates that – however counterintuitively nonetheless crucially – it was not the rigidity of racial ideas but rather specifically the ambiguities and flexibility of Nazi conceptions of race that permitted the regime to maintain its power.« (Source: Dagmar Herzog. »Introduction: War and Sexuality in Europe's Twentieth Century.« Brutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe’s Twentieth Century. Edited by Dagmar Herzog. Basingstoke 2009: 9-10)


  Sexual torture, rape, and gang rape (p. 199)
  Sexual enlsavement, military and civil prostitution (p. 204)
  Consensual encounters and romantic relations (p. 208)
  Conclusion (p. 212)
  Notes (p. 214)

Wikipedia: War rape: War crimes of the Wehrmacht, World War II

Added: June 21, 2014 | Last updated: June 21, 2014