Stormtrooper Families

Stormtrooper Families

Homosexuality and Community in the Early Nazi Movement

  • Author: Wackerfuss, Andrew
  • Publisher: Harrington Park Press, LLC
  • ISBN: 9781939594044
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781939594068
  • Place of publication:  Spain
  • Year of digital publication: 2015
  • Month: August
  • Language: English
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archival work, Stormtrooper Families combines stormtrooper personnel records, Nazi Party autobiographies, published and unpublished memoirs, personal letters, court records, and police-surveillance records to paint a picture of the stormtrooper movement as an organic product of its local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.
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. Fathers and Forefathers
  • 2. Shattered Sons
  • 3. Stormtroopers Confront The Criminal
  • 4. The Battle of Sternschanze
  • 5. Community and Violence
  • 6. Bloody Sundays
  • 7. The SA Takes Power
  • 8. Long Knives
  • Epilogue. From Sodom to Gomorrah: Hamburg in Ruins
  • Acknowledgments
  • Glossary
  • Index


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