Pierre Seel

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Pierre Seel, then 17, of Mulhouse, France, near the border with Germany, was arrested and imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp for being gay under the notorious Paragraph 175.

In his book “I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror” (1995) Seel reports that prisoners were beaten, their fingernails were torn out and they were raped with broken rulers. One of his friends was escorted to a yard where he was stripped naked, a bucket was placed over his head and unfed German shepherd dogs were set on him.

After spending six months at Schirmeck-Vorbruck concentration camp, Seel was released and forced to join the German army against his will. He married. In 1982, when the bishop of Strasbourg said homosexuality was not a sickness, Seel spoke up. He wrote in his book, “After decades of silence I have made up my mind to speak, to accuse, to bear witness.”

Seel died aged 82 in 2005.


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