The greatest success of the movement was the "Police Decree for the Regulation of Bathing," which allowed nude swimming if it could be assumed that no one would see. A German sex therapist, Dr Peter Niehenke, is fighting a legal battle to win permission to jog through parks near his home in Baden-Wurttemberg with nothing on but his training shoes. The works were ridiculed before they were destroyed. At first nudists were suspicious to the regime, though not because of the free body cult. No, it wasn't a coffee table book, but an illustrated work of non-fiction, the text of which would have been in dire need of cleaning up.
The days of bare-it-all Germany, however, seem to be in decline.
For me, it's often just quicker and easier to do a clean strip at the pool or sauna than frantically trying to hide the bits that everyone else is already displaying without batting an eyelid. Rather than merely displaying artefacts, it delivers a provocative, interdisciplinary range of exhibitions on war and its social aftermath. In addition to well-known propaganda books like Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and Alfred Rosenberg's "The Myth of the Twentieth Century," there were schmaltzy regional novels, science fiction, mysteries, love stories, joke books and cross-media marketed accompaniments to radio programs and films. Arts Naked bodies, ideal world: One has to look at a much larger context.