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


How many people?

The actual number of victims is not known. Estimates range from about 7000 to tens of thousands. The following quotes might be helpful to understand the difficulty in counting.

"A fearful period began then because essentially you weren't caught in the act, but on suspicion, and you were punched and beaten until you finally name names." [We were marked with a big `A']

"At any event, they were all victims, whether they were interned in a concentration camp, imprisoned by a court or spared actual persecution. For ultimately the racist Nazi system curtailed the life-opportunities of each and every homosexual man and woman." [Hidden Holocaust?]