ERNST RÖHM, The Highest Ranking Gay Nazi

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ERNST RÖHM, The Highest Ranking Gay Nazi

Post by cronus » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:25 pm

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ERNST RÖHM, The Highest Ranking Gay Nazi


A man in make-up and pearls condemning transgender people may seem counterintuitive, but Milo Yiannopoulos is hardly the first gay reactionary. The case of Ernst Röhm, the highest-ranking gay Nazi, presents an interesting study in the construction and containment of masculinity by the right.

Röhm was Hitler’s right-hand man as head of the Sturmabteilung (SA, the Brownshirts), the Nazi paramilitary wing. Instrumental in the rise of the party via the street-fighting and extra-judicial murders of the late 1920s and early 1930s, Röhm’s sexual orientation was no secret after the mid-1920s. Hitler either ignored it or said it was immaterial, depending on who he was talking to, including other Nazis.

Röhm opposed his party’s stand on Paragraph 175 of the German penal code, which made male homosexual acts illegal. This made some German homosexuals think he might ultimately tone down the Nazi stance. That was always wishful thinking, but became especially moot after 1934’s “Night of the Long Knives,” when Röhm and others were massacred as Hitler consolidated his power. (Earlier, the Social Democrats, one of the few parties to campaign for the repeal of Paragraph 175, showed itself willing to gay-bait Röhm.)

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Re: ERNST RÖHM, The Highest Ranking Gay Nazi

Post by NineBerry » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:54 pm

Interesting, what Google finds when looking for "Röhm 175":
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Re: ERNST RÖHM, The Highest Ranking Gay Nazi

Post by cronus » Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:56 pm

NineBerry wrote:Interesting, what Google finds when looking for "Röhm 175":
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Operation Paperclip was so successful they are preventing you researching your own history at Google. :tup:
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