The hanging of James Pratt and John Smith- A Darker Dickens story

On the 27th of November 1835, a crowd of people gathered outside Newgate prison in the City of London to watch the first hanging there in two years. James Pratt (1805–1835) also known as John Pratt, and John Smith (1795–1835) were two London men who, in November 1835, became the last two to be executed for sodomy in England. Pratt and Smith wereContinue reading “The hanging of James Pratt and John Smith- A Darker Dickens story”

Josef Kohout- One name-2 fates.

Josef Kohout (24 January 1915 – 15 March 1994) was an Austrian  concentration camp survivor, imprisoned for his homosexuality. He is known best for the 1972 book Die Männer mit dem rosa Winkel (The Men With the Pink Triangle), which was written by his acquaintance Hans Neumann using the pen name Heinz Heger. Josef Kohout is the name; prisoner No. 1896, Block 6,Continue reading “Josef Kohout- One name-2 fates.”

The Pink Triangle

Hitler considered homosexuals “infectious” and sought to isolate or exterminate them to ensure his pure German master race. Most of what the Nazis called “die Rosa-Winkel” (the Pink Triangles), died – possibly up to 15,000 of them – either from exhaustion or starvation in the camps or on long marches led by the Nazi SSContinue reading “The Pink Triangle”

Persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany.

Upon the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany, gay men and, to a lesser extent, lesbians, were two of the numerous groups targeted by the Nazis and were ultimately among Holocaust victims. Beginning in 1933, gay organizations were banned, scholarly books about homosexuality, and sexuality in general, (such as those fromContinue reading “Persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany.”