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"Yes, the Nazis met in a 'gay,' bar." Thus begins the first chapter of "The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality In the Nazi Party," by Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams. I have to give the authors credit for even tackling this subject, as the alleged homosexuality of many of Nazi Germany's leaders and motivators seems to be a critically overlooked and taboo aspect of 20th century history. But at the same time I found it to be ultimately really quite lacking in authoritative content, as much of it is written from a completely undetached perspective. Additionally, many of the quotations provided are hearsay at best, blatantly out of context at worst, and most walk a fine line between an actual fact and twisted one; it's definitely a pain to have to double check source material. It's unclear as to which author wrote what, but it's very clear both view homosexuality in and of itself as a condemnation, rather than just a proclivity. Equally irksome are the presence of words the author(s) have just plum made up, like "homosexualist," which is ostensibly, any person who supports homosexual causes and, ultimately, detracts quite a bit from their overarching thesis. They also condemn modern day 'gays' for casting themselves as victims, while they themselves relish in depictions of Abrahamic victimhood. If the Nazi leaders were truly the butch, macho sadists that the authors have characterized them to be, it would have to make the Jews and other communities targeted by the Nazis the masochists of that paradigm - but logic isn't exactly this book's primary concern. Ultimately if you're interested in genuine history, this book can be severely lacking. If you can look past all the proselytizing, there's actually some truly interesting information to gleam, despite the head-scratching nature of some of its chapters more tangential diatribes. What the authors don't seem to realize is that had Röhm, Heines, Hess, and even (as this book alleges) Hitler himself, NOT engaged in homosexual behavior during their lifetime, it wouldn't have changed anything. For anyone with common sense and those unmotivated by religious fervor, the link the authors draw between homosexual acts and fascist politicking is an imagined one.
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Quote from the book: "homosexuals [are] the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities." From the wikipedia article on Scott Lively: "The premise of Lively and Adams ...
The Homosexual Roots of Fascism
The Founding and Early Years of the Nazi Party
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