Between World Wars, Gay Customs Flourished In Berlin
In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the increase of the homosexual subculture in the 1920s and ’30s, just exactly just how it contributed to the knowledge of homosexual identification and exactly how it absolutely was expunged by the Nazis.
TERRY GROSS, HOST:
That is FRESH AIR. I Am Terry Gross.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “WILLKOMMEN”)
UNIDENTIFIED guy: (performing) Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome.
GROSS: this is the opening song through the musical “Cabaret. ” This meeting just isn’t about “Cabaret, ” however it is in regards to the spot, time and tradition that “Cabaret” is defined in, Berlin regarding the 1920s and very very very very very early ’30s. More especially, it is about homosexual Berlin, the subculture that is gay flourished in Berlin within the period between World War I plus the increase for the Nazis, whenever there have been nightclubs and cabarets that catered to a homosexual clientele, gay-themed theater and movies and gay-oriented magazines which were offered at kiosks. Continue reading Between World Wars, Gay Community Flourished In Berlin