The Agony of Love and Fear: Nazism and the German Queer Community, 1920-1945

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Sydni Zastre


The Nazis’ persecution of LGBTQ individuals is an often-overlooked topic in the wider study of the
Second World War. This paper synthesises recent research on this subject to provide an introduction
to queer life in Germany between 1920 and 1945; it deals largely with the lives and experiences of gay
men, particularly their fight for legal equality in the interwar years and their mistreatment during the Nazi
period. Although not aiming to break new ground in this field, this paper aims to raise awareness of and
generate interest in this topic among a general, interdisciplinary audience, and also to remind readers
that the struggles faced by the worldwide queer community neither began nor ended with the Third Reich.

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Social Sciences & Humanities