The bottom line from what follows is this:
Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews. Gays in the military is an experiment that has been tried and found disastrously and tragically wanting. Maybe it’s time for Congress to learn a lesson from history.
The leftwing blogosphere has gone berzerko over comments I made on my radio program this week regarding Adolph Hitler’s homosexuality and the savage homosexuality of his Storm Troopers.
At this point, an excerpt of my remarks is now on YouTube and has been referred to by the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Guardian in the U.K.
I have been accused of sinking to new lows and excoriated for rank homophobia.
The problem for my critics, however, is that I’m right.
In 2001, noted German historian Lothar Machtan published the book, “Hitler’s Secret: The Double Life of a Dictator.” As the far left London newspaper, The Guardian, reveals, not only is it a well-established matter of historical record that Hitler was a practicing homosexual, he murdered those around him who threatened to expose his sexual preference to the public.
Machtan’s quotes from the memoirs of one Hans Mend, who served as a fellow-soldier of Hitler’s in 1915 in France. Said Mend, “At night, Hitler lay with Schmidl, his male whore.” According to Machtan, Schmidl and Hitler were “inseparable lovers” for five years.
A lawyer and and writer who reviewed Hitler’s service records, said “Despite his bravery towards the enemy, because of his homosexual activity he lost out on a promotion to non-commissioned officer.”
Machtan cites police reports from the early 1920s which reveal that Hitler’s sexual proclivities had come to the attention of Munich law enforcement officials. An Army general kept the Munich police file, with its eyewitness accounts from a number of Hitler’s male lovers, as insurance should Hitler think about removing him. These police reports apparently were published in Rome years ago by a close friend of Heinrich Himmler who also served as Hitler’s interpreter. According to Machtan, because the book containing the reports never appeared in German many historians weren’t aware of the information it contained.
Apparently Hitler had a raging love affair with his deputy Rudolf Hess, a relationship forged when they spent months together in the Landsberg prison.
Machtan’s answer to why Hitler persecuted homosexuals? “‘Hitler himself never condemned homosexuality, but he allowed the persecution of gays in order to disguise his own true colours.”
Scott Lively’s well-documented book, “The Pink Swastika,” 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.
What follows is a summary of the information contained in Lively’s book.
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 man in the early days of Nazism, was well-known for his taste in young boys. William Shirer says matter-of-factly 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 by homosexuals.
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 molestation.
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.
It is by now well-established that the rate of pedophilia is orders of magnitude higher among homosexuals than among straights. Even though homosexuals comprise perhaps two percent of the population, they are responsible for more than a third of all instances of child sexual abuse. The same pattern occurred among the Nazis.
Many of the guards and administrators responsible for concentration camp horrors were themselves homosexuals and pedophiles. 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 homosexual instincts.”
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 leisure.
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 SS.”
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 Nazis.
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.)
The Moral Liberal contributing editor, Bryan Fischer, is Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association, and is the host of the daily ‘Focal Point’ radio talk program on AFR Talk, a division of the American Family Association. ‘Focal Point’ airs live from 1-3 pm Central Time, and is also simulcast on the AFA Channel, which can be seen on the Sky Angel network.