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Germany spent more than a million dollars to compensate 249 victims of the homosexuality law

The German authorities decided to compensate almost 250 people who were processed or investigated within a nazi law that criminalized homosexuality and that it continued to be applied repeatedly after the end of the Second World War.

Until the end of August, 317 people had claimed financial compensation, although so far only 249 of those requests were paid, as reported on Monday by the Federal Office of Justice. Of the rest, 14 are still pending, 18 were rejected and 36 were withdrawn.

For its part, the German Government disbursed almost 860,000 euros to cover these compensations, which represents just over a million dollars (US$ 1.016.000).

In 2017, parliamentarians approved the annulment of thousands of sentences imposed under the so-called Paragraph 175 of the law, which remained in force in West Germany in the same form in which it was drafted during the regime led by Adolf Hitler and up to decriminalization. of homosexuality, in 1969.

In this way, the way was paved for compensation of 3,000 euros per conviction, in addition to 1,500 euros for each year in jail initiated by convicts.

In 2019, the government expanded compensation to people who were investigated or detained on a preliminary basis, but who were not convicted.

In this sense, compensation of 500 euros was established for each open investigation, 1,500 euros for each year of preliminary detention started and 1,500 for other professional, financial or health penalties associated with the law.

The law outlawing male homosexuality was introduced in the 19th century, toughened up in Nazi Germany, and upheld by democratic West Germany, which convicted about 50,000 men between 1949 and 1969.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969, but the text was not completely removed from the legislation until 1994.

The German parliament passed a resolution in 2000 lamenting the fact that Paragraph 175 was retained after the war. Two years later, he overturned the convictions of gay men during the Nazi regime, but not the postwar convictions.

Also eligible were men convicted in communist East Germany, which maintained a softer version of Paragraph 175 and decriminalized homosexuality in 1968.

In total, some 68,300 people were convicted according to various forms of Paragraph 175 in the two German states.

With AP information.

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