The Bizarre and Dangerous World of Porn in Nazi Germany

Inside The Dangerous World of Porn Wars in Nazi Germany

You can’t kill passion. For me, the world of sex and porn under oppressive regimes holds a morbid fascination. Whether it’s the kinky Soviet smut that evaded the KGB in the USSR or the dangerous world of making porn in Nazi Germany, sexual beings have rebelled and found a way to express their lust through the darkest of times.

What their demented leaders did behind closed doors aside, the public face of the NSDAP was a prudish one. Sexual freedom enjoyed by German citizens under the Weimar era was abolished. Homosexuality was viewed as perverse and severely punished.

“The institute was subjected to an organized Nazi attack that saw the first known person who underwent total male-to-female gender reassignment surgery, Dora Richter, murdered.”

For Hitler and the Nazi Party, pornography was viewed as a symbol of the decadence and corruption that followed the post-WW1 years in Germany. Whilst they did encourage naturism, the former was outlawed.

The act of sex was publically seen as a duty to create large families and expand the “Aryan race”, not for pleasure. But despite their power, they weren’t powerful enough to stop lust.

The porn wars began in 1933

We all know that the Second World War erupted on the 1st of September 1939. But 1933, the year that Hitler and the Nazi Party came to power, saw a far lesser-known conflict erupt: The War on Porn.

From 1919 to 1933, the German Institute of Sex Science (Institut für Sexualwissenschaft) was run by the renowned sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld who was an outspoken advocate for sexual minorities such as the LGBT community.

The institute carried out research on human sexuality, counselled family planning, battled for gay legalization, and had the largest collection of pornography in the world. In 1933, it was firmly in the sights of the NSDAP.

On the 6th of May 1933, the institute was subjected to an organized Nazi attack that saw the first known person who underwent total male-to-female gender reassignment surgery, Dora Richter, killed.

The institute was finished. Over 20,000 books, journals, artworks, and sex subjects, were publically burnt. Lists of names and addresses saw countless associates of the institute thrown into concentration camps and Hirschfeld sent into exile.

Just over a year later, on the 28th of June 1934, Hitler carried out the Night of the Long Knives. This saw a violent purge of gay men in the ranks of Nazi organizations of the SA, after that came stricter laws on homosexuality and further round-ups of gay men.

The war on porn in Nazi Germany began with ruthless violence. But it was far from over. Despite the danger, ordinary German people were not going to be pressured into repressing their lust for the party. Even if it meant expressing it in secret…

The hypocrisy of the party

In what is pretty much a template for any repressive regime, there was one rule for the party members and another for those who were outside. The NSDAP was no exception. Whilst porn was banned, they not only enjoyed it regularly but even made their own professional productions.

Two black and white Nazi porn films, called Desire in the Woods and The Trapper, were discovered by a German author called Thor Kunkel not long ago. It depicted a German lady being tied to a tree by the SS and sexually played with.

Incredibly, Kunkel found the girl 60 years later in a German nursing home near Hamburg. Now 83, she vividly recalled how two “polite and charming men” approached her and her sister on the street in Berlin to star in a movie.

They were driven to a secluded spot in a luxurious black Opel Admiral, the car of choice for the SS and the Gestapo secret police, and told to strip naked as the filming began. The girls then had an outdoor threesome with a male actor before being taken home.

These erotic movies would later become known as the Sachsenwald films. Astonishingly, they even ended up in the legendary pornography collection of the Bey of Tunis in North Africa and is thought to have been traded with local German officers stationed there in WW2.

5 examples of homemade smut captured during the era

Behind closed doors, the amateur German porn scene continued in spite of Nazi efforts. Almost exclusively homemade, it was processed in secret and swapped around discreetly in the same manner as porn was in the USSR.

But ironically, the artistic depiction of naked women was a major factor in Nazi-approved artwork. Whilst the same type of the unapproved category was rapidly branded as pornography and “degenerate art.”

“The 61-year-old Kreigsmarine Admiral Conrad Albrecht would allegedly get his mistress to have anonymous sex with U-boat sailors while wearing nothing but a transparent raincoat”.

– The Irish Times

Overall, the Nazi policy on porn and the line between approved and unapproved nudity was absurd and incoherent. Essentially a blend of social traditionalism and satisfying the desires of men at the expense of women.

But in this section, I’m going to shed light on 5 examples of Nazi-era porn that show just what was going on behind closed doors in one of the darkest eras of German history. One thing is for sure, the German love for BDSM never went away!

5Retro BDSM porn

Retro BDSM

The first example is one of the most professional-looking examples of porn in Nazi Germany. It’s also a testament that the German love of BDSM goes back many decades and is by no means a modern phenomenon.

4A 1940s German gangbang

Vintage threesome porn

The porn niche of a German gangbang is still heavily searched for today. But even during the darkest days of the country’s history, ordinary men and women were very keen on group sex and enjoying the fruits of gangbangs and orgies.

3A gorgeous eye contact blowjob

Vintage cock sucking porn

No, that’s thankfully not Eva Braun. It is, however, a gorgeous example of a retro blowjob picture with some incredible eye contact shown between this blonde German woman and her lover.

2Old school cum drinking

Retro bukkake porn

Just like BDSM, the Germans are known for their love of cum consumption too. Once again, these examples of rare porn from the 1930s and 1940s Germany show this is not a newfound kink.

1Vintage lesbian porn

Vintage lesbians in Germany 1930s

Known for pushing the taboo of porn to the limit these days, the anti-Nazi Germans of the era weren’t much different. Take this example of retro girl-on-girl action taken in Northern Germany during 1941.

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In 1945, the war was over. Europe had been decimated and left in ruins. Naturally, the focus of most people was on piecing their lives back together, rather than porn. So in West Germany, it was only fully legalized again in 1975.

Despite the world’s first sex shop having been opened in the German town of Flensburg over a decade era and an array of softcore porn movies having been produced, 1975 was the era of the German hardcore porn that we know and love today.

However, the 1960s and 1970s also saw the birth of a very taboo porn niche in the United States. A genre of smut that was unimaginable in Germany: The controversial world of Naziploitation movies and Nazi girl porn…

The post-war boom in Nazi girl porn

It’s a dangerous mistake to assume that the crimes of the NSDAP were a male-only affair. Often from a lower or middle-class background and commonly recruited and indoctrinated direct from a youth organization called The League of German Girls.

The most infamous of these women was a female SS camp guard called Irma Grese. A nymphomaniac, she was notorious for sexual violence against prisoners and sex with her fellow guards.

She was also unimaginably cruel and earned the nickname of “The Bitch of Buchenwald” by those who suffered under her. Executed for war crimes at age 22, she was the youngest woman to die under British Law in the 20th Century.

Irma Grese was sickeningly unique and spawned a significant amount of psychological interest in her over the years. But few expected this to be made mainstream in the form of a notorious sexploitation film loosely based around people like her.

Despite the horrors of WW2 being a very close memory, the 60s and 70s saw a surge in the production of Nazi girl porn. From the erotic Stalag books to highly sexual Naziploitation movies, they centred on a blend of the taboo, a uniform fetish, and some very bad taste.

Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS

Few personified this era of Nazi girl porn more than the 1975 film: Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS. Played by Dyanne Thorne, Ilsa was a horrifically cruel nymphomaniac commandant of a Nazi concentration camp.

Both violently and sexually graphic, to say the film was controversial would be an understatement. But it quickly became a cult classic and spawned three more, equally provocative films set in places ranging from a Siberian Gulag to a slave harem in the Middle East.

“This 80 minutes of sado-masochism is The most degenerate picture I have seen to play downtown. But the movie is doing terrific business.”

– The thoughts of Gene Siskel, an American film critic, on Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS.

Dianne Thorne’s most famous role was arguably the birth of the very taboo genre of Nazi girl porn. A sexually rampant commander who castrated male prisoners who failed to make her cum certainly appealed to those with a fantasy for the darker side of Femdom.

In later years, Thorne and her husband moved to Vegas where they served as non-denominational reverends to officiate weddings. Many budding newly-weds seeking a darker experience would request what became known as the ”Ilsa Wedding”.

This saw Thorne hold a wedding dressed as the infamous female SS officer from the movie. The U.S. flag was replaced with that of a swastika and the wedding photos were, well, let’s just say they weren’t family-friendly.

Dianne Thorne SS uniform

Whilst it may seem shocking and sick to a lot of people, there was apparently huge demand for it all over the world. Thorne was often paid by engaged couples to fly abroad and perform the Ilsa marriage in various countries.

You can’t kill desire

In summary, the world of porn in Nazi Germany is an often overlooked but vitally important part of one of Europe’s darkest periods. They present us with a reminder that no matter how repressive a regime is, it cannot stop human desire or the entrepreneurial spirit that has to capture it on film.

And whilst the amateur porn demonstrated in this article doesn’t indicate the sheer horror happening whilst they were made, their very existence tells us more about the life of normal German people living under Hitler and his henchmen than most mainstream History documentaries ever come close to.

In memory of all who perished under the regime of the NSDAP whether for their sexuality, race, religion or otherwise.

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