The truth about homosexuality and the Nazi Party
May 15, 2008
The Interfaith Alliance, a far-left religious advocacy group in Idaho, has
accused Scott Lively, a scheduled speaker at this weekend's "Shake the Nation"
conference in Boise, of "bearing false witness" and of being "mean-spirited and
Lively's crime? In his book, "The Pink Swastika," Lively exposes a secret
homosexual activists don't want you to know about Nazi Germany: that although
the Nazis did persecute homosexuals, the homosexuals the Nazis persecuted were
almost exclusively the effeminate members of the gay community in Germany, and
that much of the mistreatment was administered by masculine homosexuals who
despised effeminacy in all its forms.
Ludwig Lenz worked at the Sex Research Institute in Berlin, which was destroyed
by Hitler's Brown Shirts in 1933 likely because its records, including 40,000
confessions from members of the Nazi Party, would have exposed the sexual
perversions of Nazi leadership. Lenz said that "not ten percent of the men who,
in 1933, took the fate of Germany into their hands, were sexually normal."
In fact, the Nazi Party began in a gay bar in Munich, and Ernst Roehm, Hitler's
right hand in the early days of Nazism, was well-known for his taste in young
boys. William Shirer says in his definitive "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,"
not only that Roehm was "important in the rise of Hitler," but also "like so
many of the early Nazis, (he was) a homosexual."
Hitler eventually had Roehm shot, not because he was a homosexual but because
his influence over the Brown Shirts made him a political threat to Hitler's
control. The Roehm Purge, or "Night of the Long Knives," was largely implemented
Hitler's Brown Shirts, the dreaded SA, better known as "Storm Troopers," were
the creation of another homosexual, Gerhard Rossbach, and Storm Troopers were
almost exclusively homosexual. They also, sadly, comprised most of the
leadership of the Hitler Youth, resulting in frequent instances of sexual
The Brown Shirts were Hitler's enforcers. According to Nazi historian Louis
Snyder, Roehm recruited homosexuals into the SA because Roehm felt Germany
needed "a proud and arrogant lot who could brawl, carouse, smash windows, kill
and slaughter for the hell of it. Straights, in (Roehm's) eyes, were not as
adept in such behavior as practicing homosexuals."
Of the Brown Shirts, historian Thomas Fuchs says, "The principle function of
this army-like organization was beating up on anyone who opposed the Nazis, and
Hitler believed this was a job best undertaken by homosexuals."
Historian H.R. Knickerbocker writes, "Roehm, as the head of 2,500,000 Storm
Troops, had surrounded himself with a staff of perverts. His chiefs were almost
without exception homosexuals. Indeed, unless a Storm Troop officer were
homosexual, he had no chance of advancement."
Most of Hitler's closest aides were homosexuals or sexual deviants. This circle
included not only Roehm but the Hitler Youth leader, the Minister of Justice,
the Minister of Economics, Hermann Goering (who may not have been homosexual but
who liked to dress in drag, paint his nails and put rouge on his cheeks), his
personal attorney and his bodyguards. Hitler himself likely functioned as a male
prostitute in the days of his youth in Vienna.
Heinrich Himmler, second in power only to Hitler, was publicly opposed to
homosexuality but may have been a closet homosexual himself, and served Roehm
faithfully and loyally until Roehm fell out of Hitler's favor. Himmler was
deeply immersed in the occult, as was Hitler, which led them ultimately to
replace every Christian holiday on the German calendar with a pagan counterpart.
In fact, Jews and clergy alike were targets of Nazi wrath. One of the favorite
tunes of the Brown Shirts contained this line, "Storm Trooper Comrades, hang the
Jews and put the priests against the wall."
In sum, as Lively points out, the masculine homosexual movement in Germany
created the Brown Shirts, and the Brown Shirts in turn created the Nazi Party.
There of course is no question that the Nazis rounded up effeminate homosexuals
and a great many of them died in slave labor camps as a result of mistreatment
and disease. Historians estimate that less than one percent of Europe's
homosexual community died at the hands of the Nazis. While even one such death
is too many, this pales in comparison to the 85% of Europe's Jews who, unlike
homosexuals, were sent to gas chambers.
Many of the guards and administrators responsible for concentration camp horrors
were themselves homosexuals. Famous Nazi hunter Elie Weisel was sent to
Auschwitz, where he discovered that the head of his part of the camp "loved
children," and observed that "there was a considerable traffic in young children
among homosexuals there."
A Nazi administrator at Treblinka, according to one historian, "had a harem of
little Jewish boys" and "sought in Treblinka only the satisfaction of his
In some camps, SS guards would actually sponsor lotteries to see which of the
"young attractive homosexuals" would go to whom, while at the same time,
according to one historian, they "lashed out with special fury against those who
showed effeminate traits." A Pink Triangle survivor said, "The ones who were
soft were the ones who suffered terribly."
The "Butch" homosexual guards and capos were capable of unrestrained cruelty,
sadism and savagery. A guard at Auschwitz, for instance, strangled, crushed and
gnawed to death as many as 100 boys and young men a day while raping them at his
Historian Frank Rector writes of a film made by the SS "that was secretly made
for the enjoyment of a select coterie of Nazis showing a wild drunken orgy of
beautiful boys and handsome young men being whipped, raped and murdered by the
Even today in America, it is chic in some homosexual circles for individuals to
wear replicas of Nazi Germany uniforms, complete with iron crosses, storm
trooper outfits, military boots and even swastikas.
Some parts of the American Nazi movement are explicitly homosexual. The National
Socialist League, in fact, at last word restricts its membership to homosexual
What's the point here? Simply that there is another side to the constant refrain
from homosexual activists who frequently mention the Nazi persecution of
homosexuals and in so doing imply that Christians who oppose the normalization
of homosexuality are in effect crypto-Nazis.
The truth is that Christians and certain portions of the homosexual community
alike had much to fear from the Nazis.
As has been famously said, those who do not study history are condemned to
repeat it. Nazi Germany became the horror that it was because it rejected both
Christianity and its clear teaching about human sexuality. These are mistakes no
sane culture should ever make again.
(Source: The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party, by Scott
Lively, Founders Publishing Foundation, 1995.)
Bryan Fischer is the Executive Director of the
Alliance, whose mission is to make Idaho the friendliest place in the world
to raise a family. He has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy (from Stanford
University) and a graduate degree in theology.