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LGBT People Of History Part Forty Albrecht Becker
Born in Thale, Germany on the 4th of November 1906, at just eighteen in 1924 he fell in love with a much older man whom he lived with for almost ten years.
Albrecht was an actor, production designer and also a photographer that became his main career. A snappy dresser and very handsome he attracted a lot of attention from both men and women where ever he went.
In 1935 Albrecht was arrested under the recently enforced law Paragraph 175 that outlawed homosexuality between men in Germany. He served a sentence of three years in prison at Nurnbeg in Germany, where the police beat him to a pulp.
Upon his release from prison he joined the German Army where he served on the Russian front until 1944 as all of the men had enlisted.
After the war Albrecht became a successful art director working in the German film industry, then in the year of 2000 Albrecht spoke of his experiences in the Paragraph 175 documentary about the homosexual victims of the holocaust.
Sadly Albrecht died on 22nd of April 2002 he was 95 years old.
Callum & Ian
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Here Are Links To Our Many Other LGBT People Of History Series
- LGBT People Of History Collection
Here are the links to each of the LGBT People Of History hubs that Ian and I have wrote. As mentioned above, each time a new one is published you will find it on here.
- LGBT People of History 31 - Gad Beck
Gad (Gerhard) Beck (1923 - ) should be an inspiration to us all. He was a gay half-Jew who spent WW2 in the appalling chaos and hell which was Berlin. He helped and supported innumerable people whilst still managing to hold on to decency, self-respec
- LGBT People Of History Part Thirty Two Otto Peltzer
Born March 8th 1900 Otto Paul Eberhard Peltzer in Ellenbrook-Draag in the province of Schleswig Hosltein in Germany. Otto became a middle distance runner for Germany setting many world records during the 1920s. He attended the University of Munich i
- LGBT People of History 33 - Pierre Seel
The story of Pierre Seel is harrowing. Pierre Seel (1923 – 2005) was born to an affluent family who ran a patisserie in Mulhouse, Alsace, France. He was gay but found it difficult to accept. He came from a strong Catholic background and was a sensit
- LGBT People Of History Part Thirty Four Elli Smula & Margarete Rosenberg
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- LGBT People of History 35 - Heinz Heger (Josef Kohout)
Heinz Heger (1917 – 1994) was the pen name of Josef Kohout. He spent an incredible 6 years in Nazi concentration camps and describes the barbaric and appalling treatment meted out to homosexuals – ‘the lowest of the low’ – in his book ‘The Men with t
- LGBT People Of History Part Thirty Six Willem Arondeous
Willem Arondeous was born in Naarden, The Netherlands on August 27th 1894 the son of Hendrik Cornelius Arondeous and Catherine Wilhelmina de Vries. Willem joined the “Anti Nazi Resistance Movement”. 1 year later in 1941 Willem started an underground
- LGBT People of History 37 - Heinz Dormer
Heinz Dormer (1912 – 2001) was a gay man who had a zest for life. At the early age of 15 he was already enjoying the blossoming gay cabaret and bar culture of Berlin in the 1920s. In 1929 he founded the ‘Wolfsring’, a youth group, which idealised the
- LGBT People Of History Part Thirty Eight Robert T Odeman
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- LGBT People of History 39 - Paul O'Montis
Paul O’Montis (1895 – 1940) was born Paul Wendel in Budapest. He was gay and Jewish. He was brought up in Hanover and then moved to Berlin where he became a famous comedian, singer and impersonator. He recorded prolifically and his performances wer