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I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror


I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror

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    Pierre Seel(Author) Joachim Neugroschel(Translator)
On a fateful day in May 1941, in Nazi-occupied Strasbourg, seventeen-year- old Pierre Seel was summoned by the Gestapo. This was the beginning of his journey through the horrors of a concentration camp.

For nearly forty years, Seel kept this secret in order to hide his homosexuality. Eventually he decided to speak out, bearing witness to an aspect of the Holocaust rarely seen. This edition, with a new foreword from gay-literature historian Gregory Woods, is an extraordinary firsthand account of the Nazi roundup and the deportation of homosexuals.

"For nearly 40 years (Pierre Seel) kept his experiences secret in order to hide his homosexuality but ultimately, haunted by the past and the silence of others, decided to speak out, bearing witness to all aspects of the holocaust rarely seen." --Bent

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  • By English Teacher on 28 October 2014

    Over the years, I have discovered that there are few books about the gay subculture that are truly moving. Pierre Seel's autobiography is one. Written years after the Second World War, Monsieur Seel recalls how he discovered his homosexuality, how he came to be persecuted in Nazi-occupied France, and how he coped with his sexuality after the war.Readers will learn that gay victims of the Holocaust received less sympathy than Jewish survivors. After all, homosexuality was not only a mental disorder, but a crime against the state. Consequently, Monsieur Seel hid his shame and his distress for decades. Only when Jacques Chirac acknowledged the crimes against homosexuals did Monsieur Seel feel free to speak.In summary, this is a short and beautiful book, written with clarity and with honesty, but without a trace of self-pity. It comes highly recommended.

  • By cymrohj on 22 September 2013

    This is a brave memoir of a man who suffered brutality and deprivation at the hands of the Nazis when they annexed the region of Alsace and took control of his hometown. At the age of 17 he was sent to Schirmeck-Vorbrück concentration camp, probably because he appeared on a list of suspected homosexuals kept at the local French police station. The memoir goes on to describe his experience following conscription into the German army, his struggle after the war to come to terms with his sexuality and harrowing experiences and his dauntless campaign in later life demanding public and official acknowledgment for the forgotten homosexual victims of the Nazi regime.This is not an academic study of the Nazi regime, but a deeply personal story of one man's experience and the devastating effect it had on his life. I commend him and his family for rising from this and bearing witness this brutal experience.

  • By Mark E. on 15 February 2015

    This book taught me a lot and saddens me about what he went through. The holocaust may be over for Gay people but the hatred towards them is as high as ever.Most people don't even know about this and that to me is a big problem.Everyone must learn about the Nazi persecution of Gays and this book would be a great example.

  • By L on 19 September 2013

    Pierre's, and other prisoner's stories are so to hard to imagine that most of the time I try not to think of such horrors. But I'm glad I read his story, ultimately it's inspiring. It inspires me to be mindful of the freedoms I have, to be thankful for all that I have and to question why I often sit back and do nothing when I could do more

  • By Andrew Reid Wildman on 15 January 2012

    I had no idea that non-German gay men were ever deported and persecuted so this was an eye opener. Seel writes his story well and whilst giving a complete account of the camps I was interested to read his experience in the army and after the war. He seems a very courageous and sensitive man.

  • By Toby Macmillan on 11 May 2014

    Is it Oscar Wilde no, but it is well written and even though i am sure its the wrong turn of phrase, but it is a pge turner! Add to your basket, you won't regret it!

  • By Gary2 on 17 May 2013

    As said above. I have not read it yet so there is nothing more that I can add but still Amazon wants more - oh, wait a minute, I've now reached my mandatory target!

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