Homosexualität in der NS-Zeit:
Dokumente einer Diskriminierung und Verfolgung

Mit den hier vorgelegten Dokumenten werden Quellen zur Anti-Homosexuellenpolitik im Nationalsozialismus publiziert...

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Der Garten der toten Bäume

Avnis Buch führt in ein anderes Israel, abseits der bekannten Orte, Wege und historischen Stätten. In dreizehn Episoden schildert der junge israelische Autor Yossi Avni das Leben eines Homosexuellen in Israel...

"Einsam war ich nie":
Schwule unter dem Hakenkreuz

Als '175er' wird Friedrich-Paul von Groszheim von den Nationalsozialisten verfolgt, landet zweimal im Gefängnis und schließlich im Konzentrationslager. 'Freiwillig' muss er in dieser Zeit eine Kastration an sich vornehmen lassen. Trotz aller Widrigkeiten leugnet er niemals seine Homosexualität und genießt die schwule Szene der Goldenen Zwanziger ebenso wie die nach 1969...

'Das sind Volksfeinde!'
Die Verfolgung von Homosexuellen an Rhein und Ruhr
Diskriminierung und Ausgrenzung von Homosexuellen sind keine spezifischen Erscheinungen des Nationalsozialismus. Die Maßnahmen gegen Homosexuelle erreichten im Dritten Reich aber eine zuvor nicht gekannte Verschärfung...

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Mohamed und die Sünde von Sodom:
Islam und Homosexualität

Über 3,5 Millionen Muslime leben in Deutschland. Der Islam ist nach katholischem und evangelischem Christentum die drittstärkste Religionsgemeinschaft im deutschsprachigen Europa...
   

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Gad Beck:
Und Gad ging zu David

Die Erinnerungen des Gad Beck
1923 bis 1945

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Berliner Schnauze und jiddische Chuzpe. Dies ist die Geschichte des homosexuellen Juden Gad Beck in Berlin zwischen den Jahren 1923 und 1945 - einer Zeit, in der das Ungeheuerliche Alltag war. Es ist die Geschichte eines Lebenskünstlers, dem es mit Mut, Frechheit, Esprit und einem Quentchen Glück gelungen ist, außer sich selbst auch das Leben zahlreicher weiterer Juden zu retten.

Gad Beck wurde 1923 in Berlin geboren und schloß sich im Zweiten Weltkrieg einer Untergrundorganisation zur jüdischen Rettung an. Vor seiner Pensionierung war er zehn Jahre lang Leiter der jüdischen Volkshochschule in Berlin und arbeitete eng mit Heinz Galinski zusammen.

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Lee Walzer:
Between Sodom and Eden

a gay journey through today's changing israel

Astonishingly, Israeli lesbians and gays have been able to achieve many political goals that still elude America's gay community. Israel's Supreme Court has mandated same-sex spousal benefits; the military, which never barred gays to begin with, has removed its last official restrictions; Israel's parliament boasts a Subcommittee for the Prevention of Sexual Orientation Discrimination; and school curricula are gay-friendly - all of this in a country where religious interests wield extraordinary power and whose identity today is the object of fierce struggle.

Between Sodom and Eden is the first book to explore this rapidly changing landscape. Through interviews with lesbian and gay activists, Knesset members, military officials, educators, ordinary Israeli citizens and Palestinians, Lee Walzer profiles this emerging community and today's Israeli society - a society riven by religious, ethnic, and cultural cleavages.

He explores how, within a decade, Israel has evolved from a society that marginalized homosexuals to one that offers some of the most extensive legal protections in the world. He traces the political, religious, and social factors that make Israel a gay rights trendsetter, examining the interplay between Judaism and homosexuality, the growing prominence of gay themes in Israeli literature, film, music, and television, and the role of the media in advancing lesbian and gay political progress.

The author, Lee Walzer, on
A country's remarkable journey

25. Februar 2000 - - I undertook writing this book out of a driving curiosity as a gay man and as a Jew: How did Israel, the land that gave us the Bible with its reputed condemnation of homosexuality, metamorphose in little more than a decade into one of the most progressive countries in the world on gay rights?

My journey for answers took me across Israel-- from Holy Jerusalem to secular Tel Aviv, from Palestinian towns to kibbutzim -- and left me pondering some of the fundamental challenges facing the Jewish state today as it embarks on its second 50 years of existence: What constitutes Israeli identity today? Is Israel still a "Jewish state"? What challenges does the transition from a collective society to one that celebrates individualism pose to a state approaching an uneasy peace with its neighbors and increasing conflict between Jews within? Gay rights provides a wonderful prism through which to examine these questions.

Israel, where the concept of gay community is looser than in American society but where progress toward equality has come much faster, raises fascinating questions for lesbians and gay men as well -- about same-sex identity and its place in the wider culture and in the political strategies used to obtain equality and liberation for sexual minorities.

My journey through late 1990s Israel and its burgeoning lesbian and gay community led me to unexpected discoveries as a gay person and as a Jew. I wish you an equally delightful, thought-provoking journey.

"Between Sodom and Eden" traces Israeli's gay and lesbian community over the last decade, charting its progress in mainstream society over the past decade. As a gay person, a lover of Israeli culture, and a Jew, Walzer presents the issues as both an insider and as an outsider--an American looking in and not quite belonging. His vantage point is just one twist in a thoroughly fascinating, original read.

About the Author

Lee Walzer is a Washington, DC-based attorney, writer, and former vice president of the World Congress of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Jewish Organizations.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts with high honors from the University of Michigan in political science and French, where he also pursued studies in Hebrew and Arabic. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago.

Walzer has written for publications ranging from the Washington Jewish Week to Outlines to the late Israeli daily Davar Rishon. His undergraduate thesis, "The Israeli-South African Relationship: Its Development and Rationale," was published in the Michigan Journal of Political Science.

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From Beliefnet
In May 1994, the author and his spouse Kevin visited Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum, to attend a memorial service honoring the gays and lesbians who had died in the Holocaust. But the gathering was rudely interrupted: Angry demonstrators ran out of the crowd towards the service leaders, shouting that the service was a desecration to Yad Vashem, and that the gatherers deserved to die. Israeli police had to drag some of the demonstrators outside, where a group of Orthodox Jews was also protesting the service. The event rattled the Walzer-and sparked his curiosity.

"Between Sodom and Eden" traces Israeli's gay and lesbian community over the last decade, charting its progress in mainstream society over the past decade. As a gay person, a lover of Israeli culture, and a Jew, Walzer presents the issues as both an insider and as an outsider--an American looking in and not quite belonging. His vantage point is just one twist in a thoroughly fascinating, original read.

This text, based on interviews with over 100 Israelis, as well as Palestinians, explores how, within a decade, Israel has evolved from a society that marginalized homosexuals to one that offers one of the most extensive legal protections in the world.

Publishers Weekly, March 6, 2000
This engaging journalistic foray into everyday gay and lesbian life and culture in [Israel]...brimming with surprising information and conclusions. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Washington Post, July 26, 2000
Walzer has crafted the definitive resource on gay Israel, and an essential glimpse into the country's broader social wars.

In Newsweekly, July 19, 2000
[A] well-written, thoughtful, and important book with political insights that will interest Jews and non-Jews alike.

The Forward, June 23, 2000
Illuminating...Walzer's well-paced work takes us through the last decade of political progress for gays and lesbians...

Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, May 5, 2000
Walzer carefully builds up the edifice of an extraordinarily intricate country caught up in numerous struggles -- internal and external....

The Forward, June 23, 2000
Illuminating...Walzer's well-paced work takes us through the last decade of political progress for gays and lesbians... --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Joshua Gamson, Yale University, author of Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity
Animated by diverse voices-gay soldiers and kibbutzniks, Palestinian activists, lesbian politicians and mothers, the many tribes of modern Israel-Between Sodom and Eden reveals the startling burst of lesbian and gay politics in Israel and the often painful cultural challenges that accompany it. It is an important analysis not just of gay people but of Israel itself, with all its lively idiosyncrasies, animosities, and delights. This is the definitive ride through gay and lesbian life in Israel, and you couldn't ask for a better guide than Walzer, who takes you there with an insider's passion and an outsider's insight.

Urvashi Vaid, author of Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation and director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute
Between Sodom and Eden is critical to understanding the existence and emergence of movements for gay and lesbian freedom around the world. The evidence of a thriving lesbian and gay movement in Israel is cogently presented in this ground-breaking, readable and fascinating book. Walzer analyzes the roots, dynamics and potential of the Israeli movement and makes visible the elements of the process by which deep social change is made.

Michal Eden, Tel-Aviv-Yafo city councilor, Israel's first lesbigay official
Walzer portrays, in amazing accuracy, an entire chapter of Israeli history to date never before documented, and thereby he shatters the Israeli heterosexist ethos.

David Tuller, author of Cracks in the Iron: Closet: Travels in Gay and Lesbian Russia
A fascinating, provocative and highly readable exploration of the nature of sexual identity in one of the world's most complex societies. With a reporter's keen eye and a scholar's critical intelligence, Lee Walzer offers us a compelling look at the tumultuous, joyful, determined, bittersweet, brave, and often surprising lives of Israeli gays and lesbians.

Rebecca Alpert, Temple University, author of Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition
This book tells the story of the development of a gay and lesbian rights movement in Israel. Walzer keenly analyzes this vibrant, if hidden, dimension of Israeli culture.

Jerusalem Post, July 14, 2000
[A] well-written snapshot of the status of homosexuality in Israel at the end of the 20th century... --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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29. März 2000 Rezensentin/Rezensent Washington, DC:
"Between Sodom and Eden" represents an astounding tour de force. Walzer's book is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Israeli society and politics, as well as the sometimes surprising approach of Judaism to homosexuality. His prose brings alive the tensions, conflicts, and contradictions of a society in search of its identity as Israel becomes an increasingly multicultural, post-Zionist society. That Israel is one of the most progressive countries in the world today on gay rights will surprise most Americans, who think of the Jewish state as the land of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah (with its reputed condemnation of homosexuality). The cast of characters in Walzer's book -- a transsexual pop Diva, openly gay high school students and kibbutzniks, lesbian politicians, and a cast of supportive straight politicians and educators, to name just a few -- guarantees new surprises on each page.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface Acknowledgments Transliteration Guide Introduction How a Nice Gay Jewish Boy Came to Write This Book Together in Pride, Together in Hope: Lesbian and Gay Politics in Israel Yotzim m'ha-Aron: Coming Out The Personal Is the Political: Judaism and Gay People in Israel Gays with Guns: Gays in the Military, Israeli Style Media, Culture, and Visibility Hereinafter the Boyfriend: Same-Sex Families in Israel Out on the Farm: Gay Life in the Kibbutzim Twice Marginalized: To Be Gay and Palestinian in Israel Conclusion Kadima--Looking Ahead Afterword Glossary Appendix Notes Bibliography Index Copyright Acknowledgments

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Lesbian Rabbis:
The First Generation

von Rebecca T. Alpert,
Sue Levi Elwell,
Shirley Idelson

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The office of rabbi is the most visible symbol of power and prestige in Jewish communities. Rabbis both interpret to their congregations the requirements of Jewish life and instruct congregants in how best to live this life.

Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation documents a monumental change in Jewish life as eighteen lesbian rabbis reflect on their experiences as trailblazers in Judaism's journey into an increasingly multicultural world. In frank and revealing essays, the contributors discuss their decisions to become rabbis and describe their experiences both at the seminaries and in their rabbinical positions. They also reflect on the dilemma whether to conceal or reveal their sexual identities to their congregants and superiors, or to serve specifically gay and lesbian congregations. The contributors consider the tensions between lesbian identity and Jewish identity, and inquire whether there are particularly "lesbian" readings of traditional texts. These essays also ask how the language of Jewish tradition touches the lives of lesbians and how lesbianism challenges traditional notions of the Jewish family.

About the Author
Rebecca T. Alpert is a rabbi and codirector of the women's studies program at Temple University. She is the author of Exploring Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach and Like Bread on the Seder Plate: Jewish Lesbians and the Transformation of Tradition. Sue Levi Elwell is a rabbi and director of the Pennsylvania Council of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. She is the editor of the Jewish Women's Studies Guide. Shirley Idelson is a rabbi who serves as associate chaplain at Carleton College and associate for Jewish Life at Macalester College.

Excerpted from Lesbian Rabbis : The First Generation by S. L. Elwell, Ellen Sue Levi Elwell, Rebecca T. Alpert, Shirley Idelson. Copyright © 2001. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
"'Today I am completely 'out' personally and professionally, and yet I have learned that the 'coming out' process never ends. Even today, I find myself in professional situations in which yet again I must reveal that I am a lesbian, yet again I must prove myself worthy of functioning professionally in the 'straight' world. I still encounter moments of awkwardness, some hostility, and some sense of exclusion as I negotiate the pathways of my professional life."-from Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation

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