ONE PERSON'S STORY
Name: Robert T. Odeman
Date of Birth: November 30, 1904
Place of Birth: Hamburg, Germany
193339: In 1935 Robert opened a cabaret in Hamburg. One year later the Nazis shut it down, charging that it was politically subversive. Robert then moved to Berlin where he developed a close relationship with a male friend who was pressured to denounce Robert to the Gestapo. In November 1937 Robert was arrested under paragraph 175 of the Nazirevised criminal code, which outlawed homosexuality. He was sentenced to 27 months in prison.
194044: Robert was released from prison in 1940 but remained under police surveillance. They monitored his correspondence with a halfJewish friend in Munich and with friends abroad. In 1942 Robert was arrested again under paragraph 175 and deported to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. There he was assigned an office job. On a forced march from the camp towards the Baltic in April 1945, 40yearold Robert escaped with two other "175ers."
After the war, Robert returned to Berlin, where he worked as a writer and composer. He died in 1985.
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