German governmental homophobia survivors get compensation

This video says about itself:

Nazi Holocaust – The Forgotten Gay Victims

1 December 2011

The fight against fascism and bigotry must also incorporate the defence and support of the Gay and Lesbian Communities. The message needs to be made loud and clear, and repeated often; ANY form of discrimination, bigotry or oppression must be fought and defeated in the 21st Century!!!

Between 1933 and 1945, Germany’s National Socialist (Nazi) government under Adolf Hitler used its monopoly of authority to attempt to rid German territory of people who did not fit it’s vision of a “Aryan master race.” Foremost among the so-called racial enemies, according to the Nazis’ anti-semitic ideology, were the Jews. The current wave of fascist ideology rallying against “Islam” is astonishing in its resemblance to Nazi anti-semitism. In fact you could replace the word “Muslim” for “Jew” in any EDL/BNP diatribe and get a mirror image of traditional 1940’s fascism.

Many other groups were targets of persecution and even murder in the 1940s under the Nazis’ ideology, including Germans with mental and physical disabilities, homosexuals, transgendered, socialists, communists and trade unionists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma (“Gypsies”), Poles, and Soviet prisoners of war. Millions perished in this state–sponsored tyranny.

As part of the Nazis’ attempt to purify German society and propagate an “Aryan master race,” they condemned homosexuals as “socially aberrant.” Soon after taking office on 30 January, 1933, Hitler banned all homosexual and lesbian organisations. Brownshirted storm troopers raided the institutions and gathering places of homosexuals. Greatly weakened and driven underground, this subculture had flourished in the relative freedom of the 1920s, in the pubs and cafes of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Bremen, and other cities.

The Nazi campaign against homosexuality targeted the more than one million German men who, the state asserted, carried a “degeneracy” that threatened the “disciplined masculinity” of Germany. Denounced as “anti-social parasites” and as “enemies of the state,” more than 100,000 men were arrested under a broadly interpreted law against homosexuality. Approximately 50,000 men served prison terms as convicted homosexuals, while an unknown number were institutionalized in mental hospitals. Others were castrated under court order or coercion. Analyses of fragmentary records suggest that between 5,000 and 15,000 homosexual men were imprisoned in concentration camps, where many died from starvation, disease, exhaustion, beatings, and murder.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Reparation for 50,000 German homosexuals

Today, 14:18

Homosexuals who have ever been convicted in Germany on the basis of the law as it existed until 1994 will receive full reparation. They will also be compensated. This was announced by the German Minister Heiko Maas.

Pursuant to section 175 of the German Criminal Code more than 50,000 men have been sentenced in the past. These rulings will be annulled now. In this the government follows the advice recommended by the German anti-discrimination agency.

“The state is guilty because it has messed up the lives of so many people,” said Maas. “The old judgments are wrong. They hurt each and every condemned person to the depths of his human dignity.”

How much of the condemned men are still alive is unclear. Also the amount of compensation is still unknown.

Concentration camp

Sex between men was criminalized in Germany until 1994. The infamous section dates from 1871 and there were plans to abolish it in 1929. The rise of the nazis prevented that. In fact, the text was aggravated even more in Nazi Germany. Homosexuals could then be sentenced without there having been any physical contact.

The Nazi regime locked up between 5000 and 15,000 men in concentration camps because of their (alleged) homosexuality. Most of them died there. Those who survived a camp on German soil were not freed after the war but still had to serve prison sentences if a court before the war had convicted them.

The former East Germany [German Democratic Republic] in 1950 deleted all the Nazi changes in the section of the law and abolished the law itself completely in 1968. In West Germany [Federal Republic of Germany], however, between 1945 and 1969 still 50,000 German men were sentenced on the basis of this paragraph.

After 1969, the law was eased by introducing an age limit of 21 years. Four years later, that limit was further reduced to 19 years. Only in 1994 the entire section of the Code was repealed.

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