Between World Wars, Gay Heritage Flourished In Berlin

Between World Wars, Gay Heritage Flourished In Berlin

GROSS: i believe most of the individuals who the Department of Blackmail and Homosexuality went after were prostitutes since the division, though we interpreted, did not actually want to follow, like, the middle-income group. Plus the assumption, too, i do believe, had been that prostitutes who earn money in the intercourse trade had been additionally prepared to earn money through blackmailing the people these were – have been spending them to own sex.

But that contributes to, like, an entire other chapter when you look at the tale, that has been that there is plenty of prostitution, male prostitutes, in homosexual Berlin at that time. Therefore let’s simply target, first, how prostitutes had been mostly the individuals who had been prosecuted, if i am aware correctly, when you look at the part that is blackmail of Department of Blackmail and Homosexuality?

BEACHY: Yeah, that is absolutely accurate. Specially by the start of the 20th century, here appeared to be something such as a scourge of blackmail. It absolutely was just like a plague, and there have been a lot of situations that there was clearly, actually increasingly, a type of a formal campaign against it. Then when these situations would arrive at test, the blackmailers, a man prostitutes, had a tendency to get much thicker sentences than their victims, even in the event their victims had been additionally convicted beneath the anti-sodomy statute. And so the blackmail had been considered, definitely, the crime that is worst.

GROSS: what exactly had been the accepted host to prostitutes in homosexual Berlin?

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