German Justice Minister Heiko Maas arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, on May 4, 2016. / AFP / CLEMENS BILAN
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Germany plans to annul the historic convictions of tens of thousands of men charged under a law that criminalized homosexuality and to grant them financial compensation, the justice minister said Wednesday.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 decriminalized homosexuality.German homosexuals who suffered under the law have had to live until now with the stigma of a criminal conviction.
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