Samuel Huneke is assistant professor of modern German history at George Mason University. He received his PhD in modern European history from Stanford University in 2019. His first book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany (University of Toronto Press, 2022) examines gay persecution and liberation in Germany from the end of World War Two until the end of the Cold War. He has also published extensively on queer German history in scholarly journals including Central European History, Journal of Contemporary History, and New German Critique. He writes frequently for other periodicals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, The Point, and Boston Review.
April 20, 2022
It's conventional knowledge that West Germany was more liberal and progressive than East Germany. Then it stands to reason that West Germany was more accepting of gay rights. But was this really the case? Of course, these th…