Germany plans to annul the historic convictions of tens of thousands of men charged under a law that criminalised homosexuality and to grant them financial compensation, the justice minister said.
The law originated in the 19th century, was toughened up by Hitler’s Nazis and retained for decades in postwar West Germany, which used it to convict and jail some 50,000 men until 1969, when it finally decriminalised homosexuality.
German homosexuals who suffered under the law have had to live until now with the stigma of a criminal conviction.
"We will never be able to remove these outrages committed by this country but we want to rehabilitate the victims," Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.
A ministry spokeswoman said it was unclear when a draft law would be completed. It was also unclear how much financial compensation those men affected might receive or how much support Maas’s plan might receive from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
The Lesbian and Gay Association urged the government to act quickly to bring in legislation. "Time is pressing for victims of homosexual persecution to get their unfair convictions lifted and see their dignity restored," Der Spiegel Online quoted the association as saying.
quash：動詞，撤銷、宣判無效、壓制。例句：Rage swept over me for an instant, but I quashed it.（我勃然大怒，但將怒氣按捺下去。）
stigma：名詞，污名、恥辱。例句：Infertility remains associated with social stigma in many cultures.（在許多文化中，不孕仍與社會污名有關。）
rehabilitate：修復、恢復（名譽、職位）。例句：He tried to rehabilitate himself with his superior.（他試圖在上司那裡恢復自己的信譽。）