Germany to quash 50,000 gay convictions

Germany’s cabinet has backed a bill to clear men handed sentences for homosexuality after World War Two under a Nazi-era law.


Alan Turing aged 16

The notorious Paragraph 175 of the penal code was eventually relaxed in 1969, but not before 50,000 men were convicted.
Many were sent to jail and some took their own lives because of the stigma.

Justice Minister Heiko Maas said it was a flagrant injustice and those still alive would be given compensation.

The German government’s decision comes months after the UK said it was pardoning 65,000 gay and bisexual men who were convicted under the Sexual Offences Act that criminalized private homosexual acts in England and Wales until 1967 and later in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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