The Queer Face of Nazism
At the end of my last post, I noted that some militant sodomites are now actually beginning to admit that a large percentage of Nazi activists liked their vice versa. “Gay” propagandists have tended to portray homosexuals living in the Third Reich as martyrs, despite the fact that one of Hitler’s leading henchmen, Ernst Roehm, was known to be actively, unashamedly queer. In the end Hitler had Roehm murdered— not for sodomy but because the Führer believed Roehm was plotting to take over the party. In fact, it seems, many other Nazi officials were involved in homosexual activity.
Writing in the Huffington Post blog, Johann Hari who describes himself as “a gay left-wing man” admits that although this has been a taboo topic for people like him to touch, there has always been “a weird, disproportionate overlap” between homosexuality and fascism. Indeed, he goes further: “With the exception of Jean-Marie Le Pen, all the most high-profile fascists in Europe in the past 30 years have been gay.” (Leaving aside the fact that Le Pen is not a fascist, much less a Nazi, this is quite an admission.)
Hari has an interesting take on Roehm’s involvement with Nazism:
Along with Adolf Hitler, Roehm was the founding father of Nazism. Born to conservative Bavarian civil servants in 1887, Ernst Roehm’s life began – in his view – in the ‘heroic’ trenches of the First World War. Like so many of the generation who formed the Nazi Party, he was nurtured by and obsessed with the homoerotic myth of the trenches – heroic, beautiful boys prepared to die for their brothers and their country.
Ernst RoehmHe emerged from the war with a bullet-scarred face and a reverence for war. As he put it in his autobiography, ‘Since I am an immature and wicked man, war and unrest appeal to me more than the good bourgeois order.’ After being disbanded, he tried half-heartedly to get a foothold in civilian life, but he saw it as alien, bourgeois, boring…
It was Roehm who first spotted the potential of a soap-box ranter called Adolf Hitler. He saw him as the demagogue he needed to mobilize support for his plan to overthrow democracy and establish a ‘soldier’s state’ where the army ruled untrammelled. He introduced the young fascist to local politicians and military leaders; they knew him for many years as ‘Roehm’s boy’. Gay historian Frank Rector notes, ‘Hitler was, to a substantial extent, Roehm’s protégé. Roehm integrated Hitler into his underground movement to overthrow the Weimar Republic…
He talked openly about his fondness for gay bars and Turkish baths, and was known for his virility. He believed that gay people were superior to straights, and saw homosexuality as a key principle of his proposed Brave New Fascist Order. As historian Louis Snyder explains, Rohm ‘projected a social order in which homosexuality would be regarded as a human behaviour pattern of high repute… He flaunted his homosexuality in public and insisted his cronies do the same. He believed straight people weren’t as adept at bullying and aggression as homosexuals, so homosexuality was given a high premium in the SA.’ They promoted an aggressive, hypermasculine form of homosexuality, condemning ‘hysterical women of both sexes’, in reference to feminine gay men.
Most of these facts are confirmed in an anti-homo book called The Pink Swastika, now in its fifth edition. Yet Hari is severely critical of The Pink Swastika, clearly because the authors refuse to buy into the idea that thousands of homosexuals who were sent to concentration camps deserve martyr status like the Jews, the gipsies and other groups. The Pink Swastika effectively demolishes the idea that despite the proven homosexuality of many of its leading figures Nazism was essentially prejudiced against sodomy. It is true that thousands of homosexuals were sent to the concentration camps, but that was not because of their sexual proclivities but because they were believed – like Roehm – to be plotting to overthrow Hitler.