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Lessons Learned: Surviving the Holocaust as a Gay Man

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Rudolf Brazda, who died in 2011, recounted his experiences surviving Buchenwald. Watch him tell his story.

On January 27, the world honors the millions of victims of the Holocaust -- the systematic murdering of Jews, disabled people, gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, and gays at the hands of Germany's Nazi regime during World War II.

German-born Rudolf Brazda was one of the gay men imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp. After being arrested for homosexual behavior -- illegal in Germany at the time, thanks to the infamous Paragraph 175 -- he was sent to the Buchenwald camp, where he was regularly subjected to abuse. Brazda was able to survive thanks to his ability to adapt and the aid of a possibly gay SS officer who became "infatuated" with him. Brazda recounted his experiences at Buchenwald in a video made shortly before his death in 2011; watch it below.

Read more here about Brazda, who eventually settled in France with his partner and outlived nearly all his Nazi captors.


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