ONE PERSON'S STORY
Name: FriedrichPaul von Groszheim
Date of Birth: April 27, 1906
Place of Birth: Luebeck, Germany
193339: In January 1937 the SS arrested 230 men in Luebeck under the Nazirevised criminal code's paragraph 175, which outlawed homosexuality, and I was imprisoned for 10 months. The Nazis had been using paragraph 175 as grounds for making mass arrests of homosexuals. In 1938 I was rearrested, humiliated, and tortured. The Nazis finally released me, but only on the condition that I agree to be castrated. I submitted to the operation.
194044: Because of the nature of my operation, I was rejected as "physically unfit" when I came up for military service in 1940. In 1943 I was arrested again, this time for being a monarchist, a supporter of the former Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Nazis imprisoned me as a political prisoner in an annex of the Neuengamme concentration camp at Luebeck.
After the war, FriedrichPaul settled in Hamburg.
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