Murdered on Site
Another group, the Nazis abhorred, were homosexuals. They saw them as degenerates. They were determined to extinguish them. During Adolf Hitler’s reign, approximately 15,000 gay men were killed. When taken to the different camps, homosexual men were forced to wear a pink triangle. This identified them as being gay.
Extermination Through Work
Gay men who refused to change their lifestyles were sent to concentration camps under the “Extermination Through Work” campaign. More than one million gay Germans were targeted. More than 100,000 were arrested. Approximately 50,000 served prison terms as convicted homosexuals. Hundreds of European gay men, living under the Nazi occupation, were castrated as ordered by the court. The women homosexuals were simply considered as “asocial.” Even so, they were forced to wear a black triangle. During the time in Nazi Germany, there was a war on homosexuality. It was known as a moral war. It was believed that homosexuality was a vice associated with the decadence of the fallen Weimar Republic. There was a desire to “rebuild” the gay man as a “real” man. They saw the gays as weak or effeminate males. They wanted them changed into heterosexual Aryan men. They saw this as the defender of the Fatherland and the begetting of racially pure children. The Nazis saw homosexuality as a sickness that needed to be cured.
Separation From Other Prisoners
While in prison, homosexual men were separated from other prisoners in concentration camps. This was done in order to prevent the spread of the “disease.” Some of the men were used for experiments with male hormones. This yielded no medical gains. Therefore, it was determined if the affliction could not be cured, then it must be erased. The men were given deadly assignments in the work they were assigned. They also received a scarring, bone-shattering system of punishment. This resulted in the deaths of sixty percent of the gay prisoners.
Gay Activist Reported His Experiences
The Polish LGBTQ rights activist, Robert Biedron explained that homosexuals in the camps “were forced to sleep in nightshirts and to hold their hands outside the covers,” in order to prevent masturbation. In one camp, known as Flossenburg, the gay men were required to visit female prostitutes as a form of treatment. According to Biedron, “The Nazis cut holes in the walls through which they could observe the ‘behavior’ of their homosexual prisoners.”
Pierre Seel Wrote About His Experiences
Pierre Seel wrote, “Moi, Pierre Seel, Deporte Homosexuel” before his death, in 2005, at the age of 82. The author was from the Alsace region of France. He was arrested, at age 16, for being gay, along with 12 of his friends. He reported that police sodomized him with a piece of wood and then sent him to a regular jail. Later he was transferred to another facility. He wrote, “I wasn’t even 18. Arrested, tortured, beaten, with no defense, without a trial. Nothing. I was all alone. I don’t even mention being sodomized, being raped.”
Forced To Watch His Boyfriend Killed
He was later forced to watch his teenage boyfriend, Jo, who was also in the camp, be executed. This happened in front of Seel and 300 prisoners. He wrote, “The death of Jo, my friend – he was condemned to die, eaten by dogs. German dogs. German shepherds. And that, I can never forget.” He later reported, “Why did I not speak for 40 years? I am 90 percent disabled from the war. My ass still bleeds, even today. The Nazis stuck 25 centimeters of wood up my ass. Do you think I can talk about that? That it is good for me? I am ashamed of humanity. Ashamed.” Seel later married a woman, and together they had three children. His wife never knew he was gay. After she passed away, he lived with his partner, Eric Feliu, for the remaining 12 years of his life.
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