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


Albrecht Becker

Albrecht Becker


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

Born in 1906 in a small town in the mountains of Germany, Albrecht always had an eye for a bigger life. Exceptionally handsome and a snappy dresser, he attracted attention wherever he went. At eighteen, he fell in lover with an older (40ish) man, with whom he lived for nearly ten years. Through him, he met an array of artists and influential people who took him on travels around the world and showed him a life of culture and sophistication.

When he was brought in for questioning in 1935 on suspicion of violating Paragraph 175, Albrecht declared, "Everybody knows I'm a homosexual." He was sentenced to three years in prison at Nürnberg which he describes as a monastic life of study and thought. When released to his home town, he found all the men were gone, either to the army or to prison. Surrounded by women, he decided to join the German army -- because "that's where all the men were!" Throughout the years, he has been an avid photographer of himself and others.

PHOTO Albrecht Becker in 1924 from Paragraph 175 Official website of the documentary.