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Kurt Hiller (1885 - October 1, 1972)

Kurt Hiller also known as Keith Lurr and Klirr (Thule) (17 August 1885, Berlin – 1 October 1972, Hamburg) was a German essayist of high stylistic originality and a political (namely pacifist) journalist from a Jewish family. A socialist, he was deeply influenced by Immanuel Kant and Arthur Schopenhauer, despising the philosophy of G. W. F. Hegel, which made him quite unpopular with Marxists. Hiller was also an influential writer in the early German gay rights movement in the first two decades of the 20th century. In 1929, Hiller took over as chairman of the Scientific Humanitarian Committee from fellow gay activist Magnus Hirschfeld.

From the end of 1933 to 1934, he spent time in a variety of concentration camps before fleeing to Prague later in 1934, and then to London in 1938. In 1955, he returned to Germany, where he lived and wrote in Hamburg until his death.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurt_Hiller

Further Readings:

The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals by Richard Plant
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1 edition (February 15, 1988)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0805006001
ISBN-13: 978-0805006001
Amazon: The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals

This is the first comprehensive book in English on the fate of the homosexuals in Nazi Germany. The author, a German refugee, examines the climate and conditions that gave rise to a vicious campaign against Germany’s gays, as directed by Himmler and his SS--persecution that resulted in tens of thousands of arrests and thousands of deaths.

In this Nazi crusade, homosexual prisoners were confined to death camps where, forced to wear pink triangles, they constituted the lowest rung in the camp hierarchy. The horror of camp life is described through diaries, previously untranslated documents, and interviews with and letters from survivors, revealing how the anti-homosexual campaign was conducted, the crackpot homophobic fantasies that fueled it, the men who made it possible, and those who were its victims, this chilling book sheds light on a corner of twentieth-century history that has been hidden in the shadows much too long.

Great Speeches on Gay Rights (Dover Thrift Editions) by James Daley
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications (June 17, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0486475123
ISBN-13: 978-0486475127
Amazon: Great Speeches on Gay Rights

This anthology traces the rhetoric of the gay rights movement from its deeply clandestine beginnings in the late 1800s through the current fight for marriage equality. Speeches include Robert G. Ingersoll's "Address at the Funeral of Walt Whitman and Harvey Milk's "Hope Speech." "Even on the printed page these speeches retain their power." — The Gay & Lesbian Review.

The Ideal Gay Man: The Story of Der Kreis by Hubert Kennedy
Paperback: 229 pages
Publisher: Routledge (November 6, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1560231262
ISBN-13: 978-1560231264
Amazon: The Ideal Gay Man: The Story of Der Kreis

Discover the deliciously succulent homosexual world of the early 1900s!

The Ideal Gay Man: The Story of Der Kreis gives you the history of the influential international gay journal Der Kreis, published in Switzerland from 1932--1967. You’ll gain fascinating insight into the journal’s origins, its development, and the reasons for its demise. Entertaining and informative, this book points out how the events of the day relating to the gay movement were reflected in and influenced by Der Kreis.

Der Kreis was the world’s most important journal promoting the legal and social rights of gay men. Literary historians, gay theory scholars, and general readers will be intrigued by the generous selection of articles from the English section of the journal, as well as the English translations from the French and German sections.
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