Gad Beck, 88, last known gay Jewish Holocaust survivor, dies
Gad Beck, the last known gay Jewish Holocaust survivor, who fought the Nazis in a resistance unit before being imprisoned late in World War II, died at 88 in Berlin on June 24.
During the war, Beck put on a Hitler Youth uniform and entered a deportation center in an attempt to free his lover, Manfred Lewin. In his 1999 memoir, “The Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin,” Beck wrote that Lewin said to him, ”Gad, I can’t go with you. My family needs me. If I abandon them now, I could never be free.”
Beck wrote: ”No smile, no sadness. He had made his decision. We didn’t even say goodbye. He turned around and went back. Lewin and all of his family later perished in Auschwitz.”
In 1943 Beck — defined by the Nazis as a “half-breed” because he had one non-Jewish parent — was freed from the Rosenstrasse holding compound in Berlin after the non-Jewish wives of the prisoners protested. The Rosenstrasse demonstration led him to join a Zionist resistance unit, the Chug Chaluzi.
2. I am still amazed by how many in the LGBT community don't know this fact.
When I taught on this subject, the vast majority did not know that the gays were not "liberated," they were simply transferred to "proper" jail facilities to serve out their sentence. IMO, it was just one more crime against humanity enacted upon the LGBT community by the world at large.