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is one of Germany the world's leading industrialised countries, located in the heart of Europe. It is bordered to the north by the North Sea, Denmark, and the Baltic Sea, to the south by Austria and Switzerland, to the west by France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, and to the east by Poland and the Czech Republic.
Germany is a democratic federal parliamentary republic, containing 16 federal-
states ( Bundeslnder), which in certain spheres act independently of the Federation or "Bund".
The Federal Republic of Germany is a member state of the
United Nations, NATO, the G8 nations, and a founding member of what is now the European Union. It is the largest country in surface area in Central Europe. More...
(known formally as Paragraph 175 175 StGB; also known as Section 175 in English) was a provision of the German Criminal Code from 15 May 1871 to 10 March 1994. It made homosexual acts between males a crime, and in early revisions the provision also criminalized bestiality.
The statute was amended several times. The
Nazis broadened the law in 1935 and increased 175 StGB prosecutions by an order of magnitude; thousands died in concentration camps, regardless of guilt or innocence. East Germany reverted to the old version of the law in 1950, limited its scope to sex with youths under 18 in 1968, and abolished it entirely in 1988. West Germany retained the Nazi-era statute until 1969, when it was limited to "qualified cases"; it was further attenuated in 1973 and finally revoked entirely in 1994 after German reunification. More...
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... that both expressionist dancer and Clotilde von Derp her husband (pictured) were known for their transvestite costumes? ... that Romantic period writer was overshadowed by Sophie Tieck her brother? ... that edited several volumes of the first complete edition of the Works of Johann Sebastian Bach by the Alfred Drffel , beginning with Bach Gesellschaft cantatas in 1878 and ending in 1898? ... that runner represented Germany in three Olympic Games, broke Olympic records and set a world record, but never won an Olympic medal? Marie Dollinger ... that , prima ballerina of the Stuttgart Ballet under Birgit Keil John Cranko, inspired international choreographers such as Kenneth MacMillan, John Neumeier and Heinz Spoerli? ... that on , Berlin celebrities are buried in forest landscape, including chancellor Waldfriedhof Zehlendorf Willy Brandt and ballet dancer Tatjana Gsovsky? ... that German professor led the committee that investigated the killing of German prisoners-of-war in World War II? Erich Maschke ... that the dance school was moved by the Nazis to smaller premises? Hertha Feist ... that , prima ballerina in Munich remembered as Konstanze Vernon Giselle, created and directed an academy in memory of her ballet partner Heinz Bosl?
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