Germany is a country in Western and Central Europe, with Denmark bordering to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France and Luxembourg to the southwest, and Belgium and the Netherlands to the northwest. A survey of Germans found that 26 percent agree that a dominant sexual interest in children is something that one can choose; 30 percent believe that people with a dominant sexual interest in children have taken a deliberate decision to have those interests; and 29 percent believe that people have the choice whether they have a dominant sexual interest in children. 62 percent feel afraid of pedophiles, 31 percent feel pity for them, and 84 percent feel angry toward them. 7 percent would have a pedophile as a friend, 10 percent would accept them in their neighborhood, 14 percent would accept them as colleagues at work, 34 percent would talk to them, 39 percent think they should be incarcerated (even if they have committed no crime), and 14 percent believe it would be better if pedophiles were dead (even if they have committed no crime). Germany has a large scale treatment program, Prevention Project Dunkenfeld, which is probably the first large scale treatment project that also includes non-offenders.
In Germany, in the late nineteenth century, pederasty was an integral part of the new gay movement. The first gay journal in the world - Der Eigene, published beginning in 1896 (one year before the formation of the first homosexual rights group, the Scientific Humanitarian Committee of Magnus Hirschfeld) - was a pederast and anarchist journal "for male culture" with an individualist anarchist outlook based on the ideas of Max Stirner (author of Der Einzige und sein Eigentum). Its publisher, Adolf Brand, was a leading figure of the gay movement throughout the first decades, until the Nazis came to power. The journal continued to appear until 1933. Brand died in an Allied bombing of Berlin in 1945.
- Jahnke, Sara (January 2015). "Stigmatization of People with Pedophilia: Two Comparative Surveys". Archives of sexual behavior 44 (1): 21-34. doi:10.1007/s10508-014-0312-4.