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Between World Wars, Gay Customs Flourished In Berlin

Between World Wars, Gay Heritage Flourished In Berlin

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy defines the increase of the homosexual subculture in the 1920s and ’30s, just exactly exactly how it contributed to your knowledge of homosexual identification and just how it absolutely was eliminated by the Nazis.

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

It is OUTDOORS. I Am Terry Gross.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “WILLKOMMEN”)

UNIDENTIFIED guy: (performing) Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome.

GROSS: this is the opening song through the musical “Cabaret. ” This meeting isn’t about “Cabaret, ” however it is in regards to the accepted spot, time and tradition that “Cabaret” is defined in, Berlin regarding the 1920s and very very very very early ’30s. More particularly, it is about gay Berlin, the subculture that is gay flourished in Berlin into the age between World War I and also the increase associated with the Nazis, whenever there have been nightclubs and cabarets that catered to a homosexual clientele, gay-themed theater and movies and gay-oriented magazines that have been offered at kiosks. Gay prostitution flourished too, therefore did male that is black.

This fairly available culture that is gay English authors and designers, including Christopher Isherwood, whoever tales had been adjusted in to the musical “Cabaret. ” My visitor Robert Beachy may be the composer of the brand new book “Gay Berlin” that defines that this tradition, why it flourished, just exactly exactly how it contributed to the comprehension of homosexual identification and exactly how it had been eliminated because of the Nazis. Continue reading