Toxic Masculinity in Nazi Germany: Sex in the Third Reich – Deep Dive, German History

How do you make a Nazi cry? It sounds like the setup to a joke, but it’s no joke. Today, we explore the Nazi male, whose toxic masculinity was hard as Krupp steel. Yet even for these tough as nails men, there were times when it was okay to cry. What was it like for men in the Third Reich?

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Audio Credits

Podcast theme music mixed from “Gregorian Chant”, “Mystery Sax”, and “There It Is” by Kevin MacLeod

Episode theme music mixed from “Pop Goes the Weasel” by Kevin MacLeod and “Sieg Heil” by LeoHMagic.

Additional music and audio from “Marching 3” by Freesound.org, “Heil Dir Im Siegerkranz” German Imperial National Anthem” from Robert McCauley, WWI artillery sounds by ?

“Mighty Morphin’ Nazi Rangers” skit mixed from “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers Instrumental Theme Song” by Power Rangers, battle sounds from “Die Deutsche Wochen Schau” at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Horst Wessel Lied” by Various Artists – Topic.

Image Credits

Fitness model – goodfreephotos.com

Biohazard symbol – Pixabay.com

Hitler face – Needpix.com

SS Flag – Wikipedia

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