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Lest We Gays Forget

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German gays are celebrating their pride this month. What better time, then, for Deutsche Welle to remind us of some of the horrors homos once faced:

…The gay pogrom in Germany started exactly 70 years ago, in the summer of 1937. Gestapo men in leather trench coats entered [Alsterhaus department store] during business hours and rounded up about 40 gay employees, who were hauled off in vans waiting out on the street — where this year’s gay pride rally will be held.

What followed were weeks and months of “protective custody” and transfers to mental asylums for “curative treatment” and eventual sentencing to imprisonment in concentration camps.

Bill O’Reilly just came in his pants. It’s the first time he’s ejaculated since 1937.

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Jul 12, 2007
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  • 9 Comments
    • Paul Raposo
      Paul Raposo

      Judging from Michael Glatze’s latest interview, this would be his wet dream. Gays hauled off in vans and taken to reeducation “camps.”

      Hey! He even looks like a neo-nazi:

      http://doesntfeellikeafriday.blogspot.com/2007/07/lost-balls-found-god.html

      Blond, blue eyed and desperate for a pure society. All he needs is a brown shirt.

      Jul 12, 2007 at 10:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cjc
      cjc

      Sadly, the gays who survived still faced repression no matter where they went after the war. Much of their history, their story, has been lost.

      Jul 12, 2007 at 10:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gayleftborg
      gayleftborg

      cjc

      There’s a book I believe called “The Men With The Pink Triangle” which is a decent account of this.

      As for Glatze, people need to seriously put him on ignore. Please don’t build that kooky creature up.

      Jul 12, 2007 at 10:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stevo
      stevo

      God bless the German gay community!
      Thank you for posting this Queerty.
      I don’t want to forget.

      Jul 12, 2007 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cjc
      cjc

      Yes, Gayleftborg, I have it, and I’ve read it. However, compared to the mounds of other literature and scholarly work for other victims of the Holocaust, there’s comparatively far less stuff.

      Jul 12, 2007 at 10:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • queertext
      queertext

      there’s an excellent film about gays in the Holocaust.

      Jul 12, 2007 at 11:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • nycstudman
      nycstudman

      “owever, compared to the mounds of other literature and scholarly work for other victims of the Holocaust, there’s comparatively far less stuff.”

      I think it’s worth remembering that there were tens of thousands of gay men (no lesbians) in the camps compared to 6 million Jews & 2 million Roma (gypsies). The last few years has seen a surge of interest in, coverage of, and commemoration to, gay victims of the Nazis, so I have to disagree.

      Jul 12, 2007 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • cjc
      cjc

      My point is that many of the survivors — of all classes — are dying out. And many of the gay ones — who could give first-hand recountings of the events — are gone.

      Jul 12, 2007 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul Raposo
      Paul Raposo

      “I think it’s worth remembering that there were tens of thousands of gay men”

      All of whom were treated horribly by the Nazi’s AND the other camp prisoners AND by their liberators. That it took this many years for people to finally acknowledge the wrong that was done them is a sad statement on the hierarchy of victim status in society. Lastly, considering how small the numbers of out, or even closeted LGBTQ’s were then, the number of victims shouldn’t matter.

      Jul 12, 2007 at 4:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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