Was Hitler gay?
Tonight’s Cinemax reel, “The Hidden Fuhrer: Debating the Enigma of Hitler’s Sexuality,” is a documentary that explores areas of the Fuhrer’s life that, for whatever reason, the Nazi Party pig wanted to keep hidden… Yahoo. Here’s one historic figure that gay groups aren’t looking to lay claim to - and neither is anyone else aside from, say, the KKK and the Neo-Nazis:
- Like when his best buddy August Kabizek went to join art student Hitler in Vienna and was greeted at the train with “joyful excitement,” and a big old kiss, according to Kabizek’s book in the 1940’s;
- They were roomies and frolicked around, occasionally having strange men buy them dinner and cavorting together in the great outdoors, once getting caught in a storm. Wrote Kabizek of the incident, “He lay down naked on the cloth. And I wrapped him up. He was greatly amused by the adventure - the whole romantic conclusion pleased him greatly.”
- Of course, there was the whole male homoeroticism of the idealized giant nude statues which Hitler, er, erected all over Germany.
- Eva Braun, his “mistress” who tried twice to commit suicide, wrote that Hitler believed “physical contact with me would be to him a contamination of the mission.”
- Then there was Hitler’s conclusion that his experiences in WWI showed him the “meaning of a glorious male community.” This is what he concluded from several years on the front of one of the most horrific wars of all time?
- When Hitler was arrested early on in his career, he shared a cell with Rudolph Hess (known at the time as “Frueline Anna”), who became one of his closest allies. They were reprimanded by the prison warden for running around naked and not maintaining decorum. One scholar maintains that they were merely shirtless.***
- So was Hitler gay - and was fear of exposure the reason he prosecuted gays with a coinciding directive that it should remain secret? Think J. Edgar Hoover.
Interesting stuff. Der Hidden Fuhrer: Debating the Enigma of Hitler’s Sexuality, OR, Hitler under the Sheets Tonight at 7 on Cinemax.