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Germany compensates hundreds convicted under Nazi-era homosexuality law

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Germany has compensated nearly 250 people who were prosecuted or investigated under a Nazi-era law criminalising homosexuality.By September, 317 people had applied for compensation for their persecution, according to the Federal Office of Justice.So far, the ministry said it had paid out compensation worth nearly €860,000 in a total of 249 cases.Fourteen applications are still being processed, eighteen were rejected and thirty-six more were withdrawn, the office said.The so-called "Paragraph 175 law" had remained in force in West Germany in its Nazi-era form until homosexuality was decriminalised in 1969.Between 1949 and 1969, an estimated 50,000 men were convicted under the law, which was first introduced in the 19th century but toughened.

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