By Ken Setterington
Ahead of the increase of the Nazi occasion, Germany, specially Berlin, used to be probably the most tolerant locations for homosexuals on this planet. Activists corresponding to Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein campaigned brazenly for the rights of homosexual women and men and attempted to repeal the legislation opposed to homosexuality. yet that every one replaced while the Nazis got here to strength; life for homosexual humans turned fear-filled. Raids, arrests, legal sentences and expulsions turned the day-by-day truth. while the focus camps have been outfitted, homosexuals have been imprisoned in addition to Jews and the other teams the Nazis desired to suppress.
The red triangle sewn onto legal uniforms grew to become the emblem of the persecution of homosexuals, a persecution that might proceed for a few years after the struggle. a mixture of old examine, first-person bills and person tales brings this time to existence for younger readers. tales of bravery within the face of inhuman cruelty, friendship present in the depths of depression within the camps and the perseverance of the human spirit will train and encourage.
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I still have the hope, the slight hope, that he will realise at the last minute the catastrophic consequences of his conduct, and that even tardily he will find his way to this battle front, where our victory will decide his own destiny. 4. Bulgaria. Bulgaria equally is reluctant to associate herself with the Tripartite Pact and to adopt a clear attitude in her international relations. The growing pressure exercised by Soviet Russia is the cause of this. If the King had adhered immediately to our pact, no one would have dared to put such pressure on him.
We will undertake not to take such action from Turkish airfields except by agreement with you. 59 The Grand Alliance 60 There is more to come. The attitude of Russia is uncertain, and it is our hope it may remain loyal and friendly. Nothing will more restrain Russia from aiding Germany, even indirectly, than the presence of powerful British bombing forces which could [from Turkey] attack the oilfields of Baku. Russia is dependent upon the supply from these oilfields for a very large part of her agriculture, and far-reaching famine would follow their destruction.
All this, I repeat, may fall upon us in February or in March, and all will be open to the Germans even without moving any large masses of troops from the moment when the Bulgarian airfields have been fitted to receive the German Air Force and are occupied by the advanced aircraft personnel and ground staff. Do we propose to sit still with folded hands and watch the steady preparation of this deadly stroke? It seems to me that we should be held gravely blameworthy by our respective nations if we were to fail in ordinary prudence and foresight.