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Between World Wars, Gay Customs Flourished In Berlin

Donnerstag, August 6th, 2020

Between World Wars, Gay Customs Flourished In Berlin

GROSS:. Rohm had been assassinated – pardon my German (laughter).

BEACHY: No, generally not very.

GROSS: Pardon my pronunciation. When he had been assassinated, Heinrich Himmler took over enforcement associated with anti-gay legislation. And things got actually bad then.

BEACHY: Appropriate, and Himmler and Rohm had for ages been sworn enemies. Himmler had been mind associated with the other Nazi militia – smaller company, the SS – more ideological, more elite and also at minimum into the very early several years of the motion, maybe perhaps not almost as effective – also formed much later on. However with the eradication of Rohm, Himmler then surely could assume more energy in the regime and in addition in the motion. In which he has also been then single-handedly in charge of pushing to truly have the legislation revised and made more draconian. And he actually spear-headed the campaign then to really eradicate homosexuality from Nazi Germany.

GROSS: Robert Beachy is supposed to be right right back within the half that is second of show. Their book that is new is „Gay Berlin. “ I am Terry Gross, and also this is OXYGEN.

GROSS: This Will Be OXYGEN. I am Terry Gross straight right back with Robert Beachy, composer of „Gay Berlin. “ It is concerning the subculture that is gay flourished in Berlin involving the end of World War I and also the increase for the Nazis. Beachy is composing a book that is follow-up homosexuality in Nazi Germany.

Where did homosexuality fit to the Nazi anxiety about contamination?

BEACHY: which is a question that is great. The Nazis really rejected the theory that homosexuality had been somehow congenital, biological, natural, in addition they embraced the thing that was a much older – an infinitely more conservative and view that is traditional. (mehr …)