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Last Known Gay Jewish Survivor of the Holocaust, Gad Beck Passes Away in Berlin

Gad Beck, a WWII Nazi resistance fighter and the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, passed away on Sunday in a in a senior citizens’ home Berlin, Germany.

Beck was a pioneering gay activist and educator in a severely anti-homosexual, repressive post-World War II Germany

During a wartime effort Beck entered a Nazi deportation center to donning a Hitler Youth uniform to free his Jewish lover Manfred Lewin, who had declined to separate himself from his family. The Nazis would later deport the entire Lewin family to Auschwitz, where they were all murdered.

Beck was featured in the film The Life of Gad Beck and the documentary Paragraph 175. (The notorious Paragraph 175 of the German Penal Code outlawed homosexuality before Adolf Hitler became chancellor in 1933, and the Nazi party radically intensified the enforcement of the anti-gay law, including deportations to extermination camps.

Speaking about his life as a gay Jew, Beck invoked a line frequently cited about homosexuality: “God doesn’t punish for a life of love.”

Gad Beck was a true gay hero in every sense of the word and may he never be forgotten.

I truly hope and pray Gad is reunited with his lover  Manfred, forever.

CLICK HERE to read Gad Beck’s entry from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by

Source: The Jerusalem Post


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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  1. Thank you for sharing that Will. I never knew of him. He seemed so be way head of his time. I am sure he will be missed by many.

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