California will soon pass a new law which will require schools to offer a course in gay history. Schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco already teach gay history, but soon it will be mandatory in all California schools. When I heard this on the news today, I decided to do some research on the subject of gays in Nazi Germany. So I first consulted Wikipedia, and learned the following:
Gays were not initially treated in the same fashion as the Jews, however; Nazi Germany thought of German gay men as part of the “Master Race” and sought to force gay men into sexual and social conformity. Gay men who would or could not conform and feign a switch in sexual orientation were sent to concentration camps under the “Extermination Through Work” campaign.
More than one million gay Germans were targeted, of whom at least 100,000 were arrested and 50,000 were serving prison terms as convicted gay men. (more…)