Between 'Racial Awareness' and Fantasies of Potency: Nazi Sexual Politics in the Occupied Territories of the Soviet Union, 1942–1945

TitleBetween 'Racial Awareness' and Fantasies of Potency: Nazi Sexual Politics in the Occupied Territories of the Soviet Union, 1942–1945
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMühlhäuser, Regina
EditorHerzog, Dagmar
VolumeBrutality and Desire: War and Sexuality in Europe's Twentieth Century
Pagination197-220
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityBasingstoke
Abstract

This chapter focuses on the intersectionality of racism and sexual violence in the sexual politics of Nazi Germany in the occupied parts of the Soviet Union. 'Racial restructuring of Europe’ (Rassische Neuordnung Europas) was the term under which the Germans envisioned the creation of a new social order in Europe based on racial criteria. The territory upon which this concept was to be realized in its most radical form was occupied Eastern Europe. German politics of colonization, extermination, and ‘germanization’ in Poland and the occupied territories of the Soviet Union was extremely violent. ‘Racial selection’ became the basic principle of the German efforts to control and organize the populations in these countries: everybody deemed ‘useful’ was to be separated from the ‘useless’; the ‘healthy’ from the ‘ill’; and the ‘own’ from the ‘other’.

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