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Naked fear? Why Germans are becoming less comfortable without clothes

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Anyone walking through a park or forest in Germany stands a good chance of encountering someone sunbathing in the buff, which can be a surprise for those unfamiliar with this cultural norm. However, historically speaking, nudist culture was born in Germany. “Until the first naturist clubs were founded in the German Empire at the end of the 19th century, there were hardly any differences in the way nudity was treated in Europe,” says German historian Heiko Stoff. “The naturism movement, which was new at the time, had a message. It was about systematically working on the body, realizing the clas…

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