The History of the Gay Male and Lesbian Experience during World War II


Heinz F.

Heinz F.


From Paragraph 175 Official Website a documentary by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 2000.

Born in 1905 in a small town near Hannover, Germany, Heinz F. completed high school and studied law. He spent time in Berlin during the 20s and 30s, where he frequented such gay clubs as The Owl, The Olivia, and the Eldorado. He met Magnus Hirschfeld in Berlin. Eventually he lived as an artist in Munich. There he met a subordinate of Ernst Roem who tried to lure him into the SA by promising him a good career. Heinz declined.

In 1935, one of his friends was arrested and, under pressure from the Gestapo, revealed the names of other homosexuals. Heinz was working in his family's store when he was called in by the local police. He was arrested and sent, without a trial, to a concentration camp at Dachau. This began a series of arrests and confinements in prisons and concentration camps for nearly nine years.

The war ended when Heinz was 40 and he went home. He found no one with whom to speak about his years of captivity. Now 93, Heinz tells his story for the first time in Paragraph 175.

PHOTO Heinz F. from Paragraph 175 Official website of the documentary.