An Underground Life by Gad Beck
Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog)

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That a Jew living in Nazi Berlin survived the Holocaust at all is surprising. That he was a homosexual and a teenage leader in the resistance and yet survived is amazing. But that he endured the ongoing horror with an open heart, with love and without vitriol, and has written about it so beautifully is truly miraculous. This is Gad Beck’s story.
 

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Gad Beck was the director of the Jewish Adult Education Center in Berlin, Germany, until his retirement. He is still very active as a public speaker on life in Berlin during the Nazi period.
 
Published September 23, 1999 by University of Wisconsin Press. 165 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Beck, director of Berlin’s Jewish Adult Education Center, recalls his youth and his work in the anti-Nazi resistance under most unusual circumstances.

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The publication of Richard Plant's The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals (1986) opened public discussion of the treatment of gay people under the Third Reich. Since then, few books have

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Actively homosexual from an early age, Beck argues forthrightly and convincingly that his sexuality and love for men--which he movingly describes over the course of many adventures--infused most of his life and gave him the ability to fight for his own life and for others.

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