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Mon Jun 25, 2012, 11:49 PM

last gay jewish holocaust survivor dies

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http://www.jpost.com/JewishWorld/JewishNews/Article.aspx?id=275187

BERLIN Gad Beck, an anti-Nazi Zionist resistance fighter and the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust, died on Sunday in Berlin. He passed away in a senior citizens' home six days before his 89th birthday, which would have been on June 30.

Beck was a pioneering gay activist and educator in a severely anti-homosexual, repressive post-World War II German society. He was famous for his witty, lively style of speaking.

On a German talk show, he said, The Americans in New York called me a great hero. I said no... Im really a little hero.

Perhaps the single most important experience that shaped his life was the wartime effort to rescue his boyfriend. Beck donned a Hitler Youth uniform and entered a deportation center to free his Jewish lover Manfred Lewin, who had declined to separate himself from his family.



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ellisonz Jul 2012 #1

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Wed Jul 11, 2012, 07:38 AM

1. The Survivors are really starting to get up there...

But I still find it just a little hard to believe that this man was the last "gay Jewish survivor"

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