Victims, but No Gay Villains, in Holocaust Museum Exhibit. (Fair Comment)

By Lehrman, Nathaniel S. | Insight on the News, February 4, 2003 | Go to article overview

Victims, but No Gay Villains, in Holocaust Museum Exhibit. (Fair Comment)


Lehrman, Nathaniel S., Insight on the News


American attitudes toward homosexuality have changed markedly in recent years. Considered an abomination by both Christians and Jews since biblical times, it now is regarded increasingly as an innocent, acceptable, alternate lifestyle--like vegetarianism. This benign view plays down the negative side of homosexuality and its well-known association with sexual promiscuity and disease. This unfavorable side has been hidden or minimized as the result of homosexuals' skillful public-relations efforts, which, to legitimize their activities, sometimes have transformed its harmful aspects into their opposite.

AIDS, for example, was found first in homosexuals; its first medical name was "Gay-Related Immune-Deficiency." Gay males and drug users, the overwhelming majority of American (but not African) AIDS patients, are victims of their own promiscuous sexual and pharmacological habits. They often are regarded, however, as innocent casualties of a mysterious evil virus. Their supposedly blameless victimization, and the heroism of individuals, is celebrated widely with public memorials, quilts and ribbons. Their victim status is politically indispensible to the gay lobby, since it distracts attention from homosexuals' much-higher rates of promiscuity and sexually transmitted-disease, and their disproportionate representation among pederasts.

This gay-victim concept now is being strengthened by a new exhibit on "The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945," which opened at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington in November. It will run there until March 16 and then travel throughout the country. Implying implacable enmity between evil Nazism and homosexuality, the exhibit shows how 5,000 to 10,000 homosexuals (of Germany's 23 million) were sent to concentration camps.

Previous museum exhibits on this subject have omitted or denied two important facts about how the Nazis handled homosexuality: the central role of homosexuals, and others called "sexual criminals," in the Nazi party from its very beginning, and the likelihood, demonstrated by German historian Lothar Machtan's recently published The Hidden Hitler, that der Futhrer himself was homosexual.

Hitler "was strangely tolerant of one human condition--a man's morals," William L. Shirer wrote in The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. As Shirer explained, "A conglomeration of pimps, murderers, homosexuals, alcoholics and blackmailers flocked to the party as if to a natural haven. Hitler did not care as long as they were useful to him. [In 1925, when other party leaders demanded] that the criminals and especially the perverts be expelled from the movement, this Hitler frankly refused to do."

The massive sexual corruption characterizing the pre-Hitler Weimar Republic is shown in the play and movie Cabaret. By ferociously blaming the prevalent depravity on the Jews, the Nazis claimed to be defending traditional morality. But in 1931, two years before the Nazi takeover, the Munich Post reported that "every knowledgeable person knows that inside the Hitler party, the most flagrant whorishness contemplated by paragraph 175 [the law banning homosexuality] is widespread. …

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