Röger 2014 Policies

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Author: Maren Röger

Title: The Sexual Policies and Sexual Realities of the German Occupiers in Poland in the Second World War

Subtitle: -

Journal: Contemporary European History

Volume: 23

Issue: 1

Year: February 2014

Pages: 1-21

ISSN: 0960-7773 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1469-2171 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

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

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Author: Maren Röger, Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau

Abstract: »Sexual policies were a core component of the National Socialist racial policies, both in the Altreich (territories considered part of Nazi Germany before 1938), as well as in the occupied territories. In occupied Poland the Germans imposed a ‘prohibition of contact’ (Umgangsverbot) with the local Polish population, a restriction that covered both social as well as sexual encounters. But this model of absolute racial segregation was never truly implemented. This paper attempts to show that there existed a wide range of sexual contacts between the occupiers and the local inhabitants, with the focus here being on consensual and forced contacts (sexual violence) as seen against the backdrop of National Socialist policies. This article positions itself at the intersection of the history of everyday life (Alltagsgeschichte), the history of sexuality and the gender history of the German occupation of Poland – perspectives that have rarely been used with regard to this region.« [Source: Contemporary European History]


  Introduction (p. 1)
  The invasion (p. 7)
  Intimate relationships and attempts to regulate them during the occupation (p. 12)
  Herrenmenschen: Sexual violence and its regulation (p. 16)
  Conclusion (p. 19)

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

Added: February 1, 2014 | Last updated: February 1, 2014