Synopsis by Dan Pavlides
This feature examines the sexual attitudes and practices of Germans for the last 2000 years. The naked barbarians were clothed by Christian missionaries and women relegated to second-class citizens for centuries. Songs and stories relate the invention of the chastity belt, the introduction of syphilis to the country and the wild fluctuation of public attitudes on sex. From the intolerance of the Hitler regime to the decadence of the post-World Wars era, the Teutonic attitudes and mores have changed with the times and were often a measure of political pressure and moralistic rigidity.