Stormtrooper Families: Homosexuality and Community in the Early Nazi Movement

Stormtrooper Families: Homosexuality and Community in the Early Nazi Movement

by Andrew Wackerfuss

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Based on extensive archival work, Stormtrooper Families combines stormtrooper personnel records, Nazi Party autobiographies, published and unpublished memoirs, personal letters, court records, and police-surveillance records to paint a picture of the stormtrooper movement as an organic product of its local community, its web of interpersonal relationships, and its intensely emotional internal struggles. Extensive analysis of Nazi-era media across the political spectrum shows how the public debate over homosexuality proved just as important to political outcomes as did the actual presence of homosexuals in fascist and antifascist politics.

As children in the late-imperial period, the stormtroopers witnessed the first German debates over homosexuality and political life. As young adults, they verbally and physically battled over these definitions, bringing conflicts over homosexuality and masculinity into the center of Weimar Germany's most important political debates. Stormtrooper Families chronicles the stormtroopers' personal, political, and sexual struggles to explain not only how individual gay men existed within the Nazi movement but also how the public meaning of homosexuality affected fascist and antifascist politics—a public controversy still alive today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939594051
Publisher: Harrington Park Press, LLC
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 790,546
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Andrew Wackerfuss is a historian with the United States Air Force and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Fathers and Forefathers 1

2 Shattered Sons 33

3 Storm troopers Confront The Criminal 91

4 The Battle of Sternschanze 109

5 Community and Violence 139

6 Bloody Sundays 193

7 The SA Takes Power 243

8 Long Knives 295

Epilogue: From Sodom to Gomorrah: Hamburg in Ruins 321

Acknowledgments 349

Glossary 353

Index 371

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