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Shifting Racial Boundaries and Their Limits. German Women, Non-European Men, and the Negotiation of Sexuality and Intimacy in Nazi Germany

Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, D-48143 Münster, Germany
Genealogy 2020, 4(1), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010030
Received: 14 December 2019 / Revised: 11 March 2020 / Accepted: 16 March 2020 / Published: 20 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Transnational Families: Europe and the World)
This essay examines the cultural, ethnic, and “racial” boundaries of the National Socialist “Volksgemeinschaft” based on planned, failed, and completed marriages between German women and non-European men in the early twentieth century. From evidence in the relevant files from the Federal Archives and the Political Archive of the Federal Foreign Office, this essay discusses male partners from various countries of origin as examples of the role of the state in racially mixed unions. The reactions of the institutional actors and the couples themselves demonstrated the surprising ambivalence of National Socialist racial policy due to political and diplomatic requirements. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender; race; marriage; demography; family gender; race; marriage; demography; family
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Lorke, C. Shifting Racial Boundaries and Their Limits. German Women, Non-European Men, and the Negotiation of Sexuality and Intimacy in Nazi Germany. Genealogy 2020, 4, 30. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010030

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Lorke C. Shifting Racial Boundaries and Their Limits. German Women, Non-European Men, and the Negotiation of Sexuality and Intimacy in Nazi Germany. Genealogy. 2020; 4(1):30. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010030

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Lorke, Christoph. 2020. "Shifting Racial Boundaries and Their Limits. German Women, Non-European Men, and the Negotiation of Sexuality and Intimacy in Nazi Germany" Genealogy 4, no. 1: 30. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy4010030

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