Why Were Homosexuals Persecuted in Nazi Germany?

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Pink armband worn by a gay prisoner in a concentration camp.

In Nazi Germany, the ideal Aryan male was stereotyped as being strong, handsome, fanatical about his appearance, and obsessed with youth. The ideal homosexual was stereotyped as being strong, handsome, fanatical about his appearance, and obsessed with youth. The only overt distinction between these two groups of men was their sexual proclivity; which was not exclusive to one group. Many members of the Nazi party were openly gay or bisexual which seemed to be of little significance to Adolph Hitler. The “Gay Holocaust” therefore, was not as a result of Hitler’s supposed homophobia. Rather, the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany was primarily rooted in the fascist ideology of pro-natalism. Read more at DailyHistory.org.

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Author: sandvick

I have a PhD in United States History and I am a legal refugee. I run a history wiki called DailyHistory.org and the blog Dailyhistoryblog.com.

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