CNN reported recently that Germans by and large are very comfortable in their skin. In fact the report suggests that even they readily seek out opportunities for clothes fre vacations or holidays. Something that survived the Nazi WWII regime.
Germany’s passion for clotheslessness finds its origins in late-19th-century health drives when stripping off was seen as part of a route to fitness and sunbathing a possible cure for TB and rheumatism.
In 1920, while the rest of Europe was still getting feverish over the sight an exposed ankle, Germany established its first nude beach on the island of Sylt.
Barely a decade later, the Berlin School of Nudism, founded to encourage mixed sex open-air exercises, hosted the first international nudity congress.
The Nazi era brought mixed fortunes for nudism, its ongoing popularity tempered by a moral clampdown.
Laws passed in 1933 limited mixed-sex nudism as “a reaction to the increased…