Research Group Health-, welfare and history of science

Homosexuality in the Third Reich

23 October: Robert Beachy

In this seminar Robert Beachy will discuss the status of homosexuality and the fate of homosexuals in the Third Reich. The Nazis criminalized a wide spectrum of sexual acts between men, resulting in an estimated 50 000 convictions.  Between five thousand and fifteen thousand convicted “homosexuals” were sent to concentration camps, where a large percentage of these perished. Based on a collection of Berlin police files, Beachy is currently exploring new angles on this particular history, and will discuss his theories and findings.


Robert Beachy (b. 1965) is associate professor of history at Underwood International College at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea and specializes in the intellectual and cultural history of Germany and Europe.

His book Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity was awarded the Randy Shilts prize by the New York Publishing Triangle.  It was also named a Stonewall Honor Book in Non-Fiction by the American Library Association