Between World Wars, Gay Heritage Flourished In Berlin

Between World Wars, Gay Heritage Flourished In Berlin

GROSS: OK, which means this is Claire Waldoff, a cabaret singer and a lesbian performer, recorded in Germany in 1932.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

CLAIRE WALDOFF: (Performing in German).

GROSS: That was Claire Waldoff, a track picked for people by Robert Beachy, mcdougal associated with the brand new book “Gay Berlin, ” which will be concerning the homosexual subculture in Berlin into the 1920s and very very early ’30s, right before the Nazi increase to energy.

The thing that was what the law states homosexuality that is regarding the ’20s and very very very early ’30s in Berlin?

BEACHY: what the law states ended up being originally oppression, anti-sodomy statute, plus it criminalized particular intimate functions between males and bestiality. Therefore the legislation have been produced by early century that is 19th reformed, revised a bit, after which it absolutely was imposed throughout most of unified Germany after 1871. Continue reading “Between World Wars, Gay Heritage Flourished In Berlin”