The German government has started to offer compensatory payments to those who faced criminal investigations under old anti-gay laws, reports the Washington Post.
The payments are part of a plan to extend compensation to LGBT+ people who suffered under authorities after the fall of the Nazis.
More than 70,000 people were estimated to have been convicted of consensual homosexual acts during this time, though it is estimated many more “were prosecuted, but ultimately not convicted.”
“Paragraph 175 of the Criminal Code punished people for loving people of the same sex. Paragraph 175 destroyed lives,” said Federal Minister Katarina Barley.
“It is important that we show solidarity and recognition. The persecution of homosexuals was grossly wrong from today’s perspective, and we must take responsibility for this.”