Gay History - April 4, 1938: Gestapo Announces That Gay Prisoners To Be Sent To Concentration Camps

Gay History – April 4, 1938: Nazis Announce That Homosexual Prisoners Are To Be Sent To Concentration Camps

Paragraph 175 was a provision of the German Criminal Code established in May 1871 that made homosexual acts between males a crime. It was not until the German Nazi party in April of 1935 broadened the law so that the courts could prosecute any “lewd act” whatsoever, even one involving no physical contact. That move caused convictions of gay men under Paragraph 175 yo multiply by a factor of ten to over 8,000 per year by 1937.

Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse for gay men in Germany, on April 4, 1938, the Gestapo publicly announced that men condemned for homosexuality would be deported to concentration camps.

Under the orders of Heinrich Himmler, leader of the SS, the police the Gestapo arrested around 100,000 men suspected of the crime of homosexuality.

In his memoirs, Rudolf Hoess, commandant at Auschwitz, describes how the camp guards would often assign homosexuals forced to wear pink triangles for recognition to some of the most dangerous jobs and they were sometimes separated from other prisoners to prevent homosexuality being “propagated” to other inmates and guards. Judges and officials at SS camps could even order the castration of homosexual prisoners without consent whenever they wished.

Survival in camps took on many forms. Some homosexual prisoners secured administrative and clerical jobs. For other prisoners, sexuality became a means of survival despite the Gestapo’s best attempts to stop it. In exchange for sexual favors, some Kapos protected a chosen prisoner, usually of young age, giving him extra food and shielding him from the abuses of other prisoners

SS doctors also performed cruel experiments on prisoners to “cure” them of their homosexuality. In fact, these tests resulted in illnesses, mutilations and the deaths of hundreds upon hundreds of gay prisoners.

Even though there are no definite statistics on the number of homosexuals murdered at the Nazi camps, estimates range anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 gay men were detained in concentration camps under the Nazi regime with little chance of survival.

Paragraph 175 stayed in effect in Germany until 1969. Even after the concentration camps were liberated gay prisoners who had survived would be sent to sent to regular prisons to finish out the terms of their sentences.

In 1985, gays and lesbians had wanted to place a plaque in the camp at Dachau, but it was not until 10 years later, in 1995, that they would be officially recognized as victims of the Holocaust

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51 thoughts on “Gay History – April 4, 1938: Nazis Announce That Homosexual Prisoners Are To Be Sent To Concentration Camps

  1. Moses 5; 51-57. Men knew men

    “51 For, from the days of Cain, there was a secret combination, and their works were in the dark, and they knew every man his brother.
    52 Wherefore the Lord cursed Lamech, and his house, and all them that had covenanted with Satan; for they kept not the commandments of God, and it displeased God, and he ministered not unto them, and their works were abominations, and began to spread among all the sons of men. And it was among the sons of men.
    53 And among the daughters of men these things were not spoken, because that Lamech had spoken the secret unto his wives, and they rebelled against him, and declared these things abroad, and had not compassion;
    54 Wherefore Lamech was despised, and cast out, and came not among the sons of men, lest he should die.
    55 And thus the works of darkness began to prevail among all the sons of men.
    56 And God cursed the earth with a sore curse, and was angry with the wicked, with all the sons of men whom he had made;

    57 For they would not hearken unto his voice, nor believe on his Only Begotten Son, even him whom he declared should come in the meridian of time, who was prepared from before the foundation of the world.”

    Now do you understand? The flood happened because men knew men. God had to destroy all men because of it. Now it’s happening again.

    1. Please show me where in the New Testament Jesus ever said word one of Homosexuality. If you want to cover your hatred in the gasps of a vengeful deity then examine your own life carefully. If you are to live by the law of Moses and not recognize that the Christ came to form a new covenant, then you are forgetting your own tenets. I care not to try a discussion with people who can pull their deity out of their own pockets to justify their hatred

      1. God’s law against homosexuality is written all over both the old and new testaments. The natural fact that it takes a man and women to procreate is evidence enough in God’s unwritten law that are allowed ONLY between a Man and woman and not between man and man or woman and woman. Remember God’s demand of Adam and Eve in Genesis when he instructs them to be fruitful and multiply. There is NO MULTIPLYING between 2 males or two females. Also Christ came to fulfill the laws and God’s promises of the old testament in the new testament. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah, well those laws and punishments for homosexuality are still in effect. Don’t be a fool. Christ did not have to specifically mention “homosexuality” to outlaw it? Answer is No. If we follow your reasoning than hundreds of criminal acts that we acknowledge now are not criminal after all because Christ did not directly mention them. Does that make sense? Don’t twist Christ’s words around to your convenience. Do not interpret the Bible based on your own human knowledge. Listen to the authority of the Roman Catholic Church which is the only one to whom God has given the knowledge and authority to interpret the words of the Bible. I will pray for you! God bless you.

        1. I’m not certain why you would bring up Roman Catholic considering all the molestation and evil they have produced and still do to this day. I was born and raised Catholic and that’s not God and Jesus. It’s greed and perversion.
          I know God, I love him and his only son who has given his life for all of our sins. I will always love him no Matter what as he will also love me no matter what because his love is unconditional.
          But your religious churches are the sinners who take advantage of young children.

          1. God prophesies in the Bible about the Roman catholic church .its not good what the Roman catholic church represents?let’s study!!!

        2. When you say the Roman Catholic Church is the only one given knowledge to interpret- that’s absolutely false!! As Christians we hav e the Holy Spirit and if we’re born again we all have the authority to interpret the scriptures

      2. Do know what is the new covenant?i it’s the passover of the new covenant not communion God calls it passover old and new testament.

      3. I find it interesting that anytime a straight person disagrees with guys it’s called hate.. I think gay people hate themselves and that’s why this narrative is pushed on to us straight people.. we do not have to hate you, to disagree with you.

      4. The Bible is full of references regarding homosexuality. I don’t care what you do, but I am not going to twist anything to make myself or you, or anyone feel better about their choices. 98% of every human on this earth will be dead in about 75 years, young and old alike. I think God will have His way no matter what we say, do, or think. There is no way to escape death. It has been proven that the brain functions after we are pronounced dead. It is understood you will KNOW you are dead. You will have enough time to think about it all then. Then the brain dies and begins to discenegrate. It rots very quickly. So enjoy. But know God has the upper hand in this thing called life.

    2. There is no such book as “Moses”. And this is not from the Bible. I hope you read the article and reflect on what happens when men try to judge other men by what they believe God’s laws are. Also reflect on the fact you agree with mass-murdering Nazis.

      1. My understanding of the bible is Jesus never had an audience with gay men. He spoke only to heterosexual men and woman. In other words he told str8 men to only be with woman. He never said gay men were wrong, only that str8 men should, well, stay str8.

      2. Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible.When someone says something about the book or books of Moses rhese are what they are referring to

      3. God? Really? You god fearing fools there is no God..that was made up to keep people in line and on keep from violence -sex- unwed and even to keep guys from guys the words of this rule of your so called God are very wise have allot to offer and all around a good rule of thumb to live by. But this was no God that wrote this .just a man with a great idea and then another man and another..its really no different then the way the constitution was made.a bunch of people sat around to decide how to govern a society.what better way then to put the fear of a god in the front..mary was no virgin Jesus was just a hippy that acted allot like robin hood but with a who’re by his side he was no disciple. Adam and Eve was actually another made up event that was actually a flying person and a water person that got caught doing the dirty and were punished to live as human with no gift nobody gave ribs, they just got wings and fins taken from them along with eternal life the apple was to remind them they were now susceptible to death there for they needed to take care of thier new body’s.and still there was NOT to be man and man.never anywhere no matter what someone’s belief is it all comes downto thesame set of principal’s and thehealthy way of living to achieve a long as possible life which never included men to be with’s wrong and it always will be no matter where or how its written

    3. Take your hate hiding behind an imaginary friend elsewhere. Yeah, it’s happening again, look at what FL and the rest of the Republican party (which I bet your a part of) are doing, especially to Trans person and Drag Queens.

    4. What do you think God thinks about people who twist Bible verses to rationalize their own hatred?? I bet I know……

    5. As typical of religious seasons you quote the Bible and then contradict your own quote.

      “57 For they would not hearken unto his voice, nor believe on his Only Begotten Son,..” then you go on to say “…Now do you understand? The flood happened because men knew men…”

      Quick history lesson…the flood happened BEFORE the son of God came to earth. Furthermore, the son of God preached about love, NOT hate, and as far as the records show (meaning the bible), Jesus NEVER talked about homosexuality, which was not even a term used during that historical period.

    6. Using the Bible to propagate hate is so vile. This is why people walk away from church and so many view Christians in a bad light these days.

    1. I believe that my God teaches the world that its not up to us to judge anyone.Mathew 7::NIV “DO NOT JUDGE, OR YOU TOO WILL BE JUDGED.FOR IN THE SAME WAY YOU JUDGE OTHERS, YOU WILL BE JUDGED, AND WITH THE MEASURE YOU USE, IT WILL BE MEASURED TO YOU.” I AM A GAY JEW WHO FOUND CHRIST AND FOUND THE BEUTIFUL AND PEACEFULNESS THAT COMES FROM MY LORD DYING FOR OUR SINS.My family was lost and survived the terrible holocaust.And if where not careful we will realise that modern times are creating a new Hitler..PUTIN.At the end of the day if we all just respect one another and spread love not hate this world would be a much better place…_
      Label bin Froyim

      1. What do you think of the fact that homosexual couples raise the children cast out by man/female couples all over the world. They might not be able to have their own children but they do raise the children left from brocken marriages/drug use/unintentional pregnancy/and death of parents. Do you believe these children should be left to be institutionized or left to death instead of being raised and loved by a homosexual couple.

  2. I believe there is something after death. Human beings have an “energy” (our soul?). I am a gay man. I am obviously a human being. My energy (“soul”) is no different from any other human being. To say gay people are against God or nature and are not worthy of existence is ignorance and hatred at its very worst. The Bible is an important book and many human beings use it as a guide to live a loving God inspired life. The Bilble is “The Word of God” to Christians. But the Bible was transcribed and documented by human beings who are imperfect and flawed. The Bible is not a fact based volume of stories. I believe all religions can have discrimination against “types” of human beings and how they should be scorned and punished. This is a reality now and has always been prevalent since the dawn of mankind. Gays are an easy target for the angry, self involved human beings. Religions tend to feed this hatred. Personally, I believe we, as human beings, are arrogant and misguided to claim we are even worthy or capable of understanding who or what God is. We are not capable of understanding what really waits for us us after death. So believe what you want but hatred, discrimination, condemnation, and violence against any human being is always unacceptable. ALWAYS!!!

  3. The biblical reference to homosexuality, is a command, not an offering of compassionate wisdom. One must come to terms, with ones own inner workings, before rudimentary self-knowledge, can evolve into compassionate wisdom.

  4. Prophecy being fulfilled. Sexual immorality will increase in the last days. Greece & Rome declined because men turned sexually to unnatural behaviour. Romans 1:20 exposes men turning to men & women to women. In Rome men cut off thumbs so they could not be drafted into the army. The Romans had to employ Galatians to fight for them. Homesexuality is a weekends of character & sometimes results from absence of a father of the dominance of a mother who is a feminist.

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