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  •  I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual (5+ / 0-)

    I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual.

    Although homosexuality was not technically illegal in France Pierre Seel's name was added to a list of known homosexuals. He was seventeen at the time. He went to the police to report a watch theft, the park where the watch was stolen was a known cruising area for gay men, and, yes, that's why young M. Seel was there. He thought it was the theft of the watch that was the crime, but the police didn't much care about that. He wasn't arrested, but he was questioned further. He didn't know his name was added to any list - until the Nazis invaded - and the list was turned over to them.

    Pierre Seel was interned in a prison camp where he wore a black ribbon identifying him as a homosexual. He was tortured, experimented on, watched his lover eaten by dogs, was (inexplicably) released, then was conscripted into the German army. Even after surviving the war somehow, Seel's experiences were ignored and denigrated and dismissed because he was gay. Only because he survived into the 1970s and the gay movement provided acceptance and attention was Seel able to tell his story and have it published.

    It's a fascinating and fairly short book. Recommended.

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