Between World Wars, Gay Community Flourished In Berlin

Between World Wars, Gay Community Flourished In Berlin

GROSS: Rohm ended up being 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 the anti-gay legislation. And things got actually bad then.

BEACHY: Right, and Himmler and Rohm had been sworn enemies. Himmler was mind of this other Nazi militia – smaller company, the SS – more ideological, more elite and also at minimum during the early several years of the motion, perhaps not almost as effective – also formed much later on. However with the eradication of Rohm, Himmler then surely could assume more energy inside the regime as well as in the motion. In which he had been additionally then single-handedly accountable for pushing to truly have the statutory legislation revised and made more draconian. In which he actually spear-headed the campaign then to eliminate homosexuality from essentially Nazi Germany.

GROSS: Robert Beachy are going to be right right right back into the last half associated with the show. Their book that is new is “Gay Berlin. ” I am Terry Gross, and also this is OUTDOORS. Continue reading “Between World Wars, Gay Community Flourished In Berlin”