Last week the queer blogosphere mourned the death of Rudolf Brazda, the man believed to be the last “pink triangle” survivor of the Nazi Holocaust. But according to Alice Murray, director of the Dallas Holocaust Museum, “she got word of another gay survivor who is still alive. His name is Gad Beck, and he was profiled in the film Paragraph 175.”
The Dallas Voice reports:
Although Beck was half-Jewish, he managed to escape detention and deportation to a concentration camp. During the war, he used his non-Jewish gay connections to get food and supply hiding places to Jews escaping to neutral Switzerland. He was betrayed by a Jewish Gestapo spy and arrested in 1945. He was held in a Jewish transit camp in Berlin until the end of the war.
After the war, he helped Jewish survivors emigrate to Palestine. In 1947, he left Germany and moved to Palestine himself. He lived in Israel until 1979 when he moved back to Berlin, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Somebody write this guy’s biography before he keels over!