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When Hitler and Nazi party gradually took the power, Germany became a fascist totali- tarian country that harshly oppressed “outsiders” who were defined in opposition or as threats to the National Community. Some people think that Nazi Germany was a racial state and all Nazi policies against outsiders were founded on Nazi race ideas. However, I think their policies were eclectic, and they treated different groups differently for different reasons. In my opinion, for Afro-Germans, it is true that the policies were founded on racial ideas because they were consid- ered as one of the most inferior groups in Nazi Germany and were discriminated and squeezed out of the society. However, for gay men, who were mostly Aryan, the reasons were more politi- cal and social. On the one hand, they were threats within the Aryan race and would threaten the flourish of the country because they could not reproduce more offspring. On the other hand, gay men also damaged the masculinity of Nazi Ideology and even the security of the country. Hence, according to these two different reasons, I think the Nazi State’s response to these outsiders were more eclectic rather than confronting to one single motive. The essential reason why gay men, even though most of them were Aryans, were consid- ered as outsiders and were oppressed was because they would not reproduce offsprings which would directly threaten the flourish and success of the country. “Hitler’s core ideas can be summed up in the phrase “race and space.” 1 He believed different races were struggling for lim- ited resources and the “pure Germans”, the Aryan who was the most superior race, needed to ex- pand their living spaces in order to keep the flourish of the country. Along with the spacial ex- pansion, Hitler also highly advocated pronatalism by which he wanted to flourish and expand the Aryan race. During the First World War, Germany lost much of the population, and the boom of population became a principal target. Germany needed more people and to become strong 1 Doris L. Bergen, War&Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust (Lanham: Rowman&Littilefield  Publishers, Inc, 2009), 36
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enough for the next war. 2 Therefore, Hitler needed more Aryan descendents to compete in the battle of race and space. Nazi party even indoctrinated schoolgirls with this doctrine that they
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