excerpt from SIEGESSÄULE: Berlin’s most-read city magazine
Book review: Queer Identities and Politics in Germany, by Clayton J. Whisnant
Back to school! If you need a history lesson, check out Queer Identities and Politics in Germany, perhaps the most comprehensive English-language publication on the country’s LGBTI developments from the late 19th Century through the end of WWII. A recurring theme is science and how it was used for queer emancipation (e.g. pioneering sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld) as well as oppression (the Nazis, duh). There’s a wealth of info on social movements, scandals, Paragraph 175, films and wild nightclubs – but, written by a history professor, the descriptions of decadence can be rather dry.