English II/Block 1/Ms. Nowacky
April 16, 2014
The Forgotten Victims
There were many categories of victims in the Holocaust; from gypsies to the mentally retarded, and the homosexuals. In the 1930’s, Berlin was considered a mostly homosexually tolerant European city, until the Holocaust started. The homosexual victims tend to be forgotten, for the Jews are the standard and most prevalently discussed victims. In the modern world today there remain a gross number of people that disagree with homosexuality, which having difference of opinions of such humanistic topics is hardly shocking. “The Nazis viewed homosexual relations as ‘abnormal’ and ‘unmanly’ behavior which, by not producing offspring, threatened Nazi policies encouraging the reproduction of ‘Aryans’.” Be that as it may, no matter how ‘abnormal’ or ‘unmanly’ you may perceive a person to be, violence is not how to justify it. Moreover, violence is to say the very least (YouTube, “Nazi Holocaust-The Forgotten Gay Victims.”). When the Nazis took power in 1933, they had a so-called “moral crusade” to racially and culturally purify Germany. In Nazi eyes, gay men were weak and unfit to be soldiers, and were unlikely to have children thereby contributing to the racial struggle for Aryan dominance. Lesbians were not targeted nearly as much since they could breed children, they presented no reproductive problems to the Nazis. If anything, the killings of lesbians would be considered a threat to the Nazis. Since the Nazis just wanted more Aryan babies and lesbians had a usable womb, that was their sole purpose; to provide babies for the fatherland (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Homosexuals: Victims of the Nazi Era.”). The persecution of homosexuals was massive. The overall mandate of homosexuality being a crime is thanks to Paragraph 175. The “unnatural” sexual act of sodomy was difficult to prove unless actually caught while still in progress. Although Paragraph 175 was revised so that just a mere suggestion of homosexuality was all that was required for an arrest, no witnessing or proof necessary, resulting in many more men being arrested and imprisoned without trial even. The law stated “lewd and lascivious acts contrary to nature between human beings and animals shall be punished by imprisonment; loss of civil rights may also be imposed.” The twisted fact is, after the war, homosexual concentration camp prisoners were not acknowledged as victims. Reparations were refused and under the Allied Military Government of Germany, some homosexuals were forced to continue to serve out their terms of imprisonment. The 1935 version of Paragraph 175 remained in effect until 1969, and even well after liberation, homosexuals continued to fear arrest and incarceration. (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Homosexuals: Victims of the Nazi Era.”). It is disturbing to think about how doctors are supposed to be healers and caretakers of other human life but participated in perverted mass murder simply for the goal of a blonde hair, blue eyed, Aryan race. In an effort to “cure” homosexuals, cruel medical experiments went on. Some victims were placed under sun lamps that would intensely burn the skin and immediately following that, thrown outside naked into temperatures below 0 degrees until unconscious. Then, would be revived with the sun lamps to the point of literally pouring sweat. You can imagine the toll this has on the body to be under such a vicious cycle (“Medical Experiments of the Holocaust and Nazi Medicine.”). Another example, at Auschwitz Birkenau, physician Dr. Carl Vaernet attempted to rid gay men of their homosexual tendencies by the surgical insertion of testosterone capsules, a male sex hormone, in hopes it would cause the homosexuals to feel a desire for women and being heterosexual. The primary procedure was castration, though. Castration is the removal of the ovaries and testes. Homosexual defendants in criminal cases or...
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