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The Reactionary Paragraph 175 and Nazi Fascism:

No slandering or discrimination of any sort against those who are attracted to members of the same sex!

The Reactionary Paragraph 175 and Nazi Fascism:

The Reactionary Paragraph 175 and Nazi Fascism:
No slandering or discrimination of any sort against those who are attracted to members of the same sex!
“The Nazi Regime committed such a plethora of criminal acts that, reinforced by all sorts of bourgeoise prejudices, the real danger exists in the potential to overlook and to underestimate a serious facet of the Nazi crimes: the Nazi ‘male role model’ and the Nazi campaign to eliminate ‘homosexuality’. Homosexuality between men was a criminal, prosecutable act since the days of the German Empire and later the Weimar Republic. The Communist Party of Germany (KPD) led a campaign in the days of the Weimar Republic to abolish the disgraceful Paragraph 175, but the Nazis seized power in 1933. They particularly targeted homosexual men, or those classified or denounced as such, to a degree that was unimaginable up until that point, using judicial prosecutions (Paragraph 175), incarceration, penitentiaries and concentration camps.
Today, Communist-oriented comrades cannot and must not disregard this fact… ” It goes on:
“If we discuss first of all the Nazi-Fascist crimes against ‘homosexuals’ – which we should take to mean crimes against those who are attracted to members of the same sex (for the Nazis ‘prime tar gets were first and foremost men) – then another question immediately presents itself: What was spe cial about the Nazi persecution of this minority?
For it was not the case, even after 1945, that men attracted to other men ceased to be pursued ac cording to the provisions of the infamous Paragraph 175… in West Germany.” Nazi-Fascist discrimination, persecution, murder of people attracted to members of the same sex The leaflet highlights the following stages of the criminal Nazi persecution of homosexuals:
■ Nazi laws, registration and prosecution: from the burning of the books in 1933 to the”Röhm Put sch” in 1934 as a new phase in homophobia and the tightening of Paragraph 175 in 1935 and also to the establishment of a central “Reichszentrale zur Bekämpfung der Homosexualität und Abtreibung” in 1936.
■ Mass terror by the police state – in an atmo sphere of denunciation, raids and mass arrests and forced castrations.
■ Penal battalions, sadistic cruelty and murders inNazi concentration camps: in the time between 1940 and 1945 the Nazis escalated the practice of murderinginmatesintheirpenitentiaries,psychiat ricestablishmentsandconcentrationcamps,places where those attracted to the same sex were op pressed, even driven to death, providing forced la bour for construction, quarrying or the building of V2-missiles. As “pink-triangle” prisoners they were subjected to especially bestial torture methods.
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