Winger-left blowhard Ed Schultz got a mention on Drudge today, for sending out a Tweet that said, “Gay people were really the ones being persecuted in Hitler’s Germany.”
While 10,000-15,000 homosexuals were likely to have died at Hitler’s hands (which is 10,000-15,000 too many), Schultz blithely and blindly ignores the plain historical fact that that number pales in comparison to the six million Jews who were gassed or shot by Hitler’s goons.
What Schultz overlooks, perhaps out of sheer historical ignorance, is that the persecution of homosexuals in Hitler’s Germany was carried out by other homosexuals.
Hitler was seeking to revive the Greek ideal of the hyper-masculine homosexual warrior, and thus gathered around him homosexuals like himself to serve with him in his sinister designs for the world.
The man who served as the director of the Institute of Sexology in 1930 wrote that “not ten percent of the men who, in 1933, took the fate of Germany into their hands, were sexually normal.” Noted historian William Shirer, in his monumental work, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, observed of the “brown-shirted S.A.” that “many of its top leaders, beginning with its chief, Roehm, were notorious homosexual perverts.”
Adds historian H.R. Knickerbocker, “(Ernst) Roehm, as the head of 2,500,000 Storm Troops, had surrounded himself with a staff of perverts. His chiefs, men of rank of Gruppenfuhrer or Obergruppenfuhrer, commanding units of several hundred thousand Storm Troopers, were almost without exception homosexuals. Indeed, unless a Storm Troop officer were homosexual he had no chance of advancement.”
So if Hitler’s officers and enforcers were hyper-masculine homosexuals, who were the homosexuals they persecuted? The objects of Nazi wrath were soft, effeminate homosexuals whom the Spartan S.A. despised.
Prior to Hitler’s assumption of power, homosexuality, known as “the German vice” was a crime. Those who were apprehended were sent for evaluation to the Institute of Sexology. Thus many of Hitler’s officers had patient records in this institution which he could not allow to see the light of day.
Thus, in 1930, Hitler burned the Institute of Sexology to the ground to obliterate evidence of Nazi sexual proclivities.
According to Ludwig L. Lenz, the assistant director of the Institute of Sexology at the time, said, “We had a great many Nazis under treatment at the Institute. Why was it then, since we were completely non-party, that our purely scientific Institute was the first victim which fell to the new regime? The answer to this is simple … We knew too much … Our knowledge of such intimate secrets regarding members of the Nazi Party and other documentary material — we possessed about forty thousand confessions and biographical letters — was the cause of the complete and utter destruction of the Institute of Sexology.”
Homosexual advocates often cite the “Night of the Long Knives,” in which Roehm and other S.A. officers were assassinated, as evidence of Hitler’s antipathy toward homosexuals.
However, the noted German historian Lothar Machtan, in his book The Hidden Hitler, written in 2001, argues that Hitler had Roehm killed for another reason: Roehm was about to out Hitler to the German public, to expose Hitler’s own twisted sexual orientation, in a bid to remove Hitler from power and take the reins of Germany into his own hands. Roehm, in other words, was killed to protect Hitler’s power and his sexual secrets.
One historian put it this way, “Ernst Roehm wasn’t shot because the Nazi Party felt outraged by the abrupt discovery that he was ‘having’ his storm troopers — that had been known for ages; but because his sway over the SA had become a menace to Hitler.”
So when Ed Schultz says that homosexuals were persecuted by Hitler, he is half right. The other half is that that persecution was carried out by other homosexuals. That half of the story is at least as important as Schultz’s half, but it’s the half that Ed Schultz and other members of the Gay Gestapo hope you never hear about. Well, now you have.
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