Martin Duberman’s ‘Jews Queers Germans’ Probes the Gay Underground of Pre-Nazi Germany

Martin Guberman Jews Queers Germans

Our TowleREAD audio reading series is back this week with Jews Queers Germans, by Martin Duberman.

Duberman, the distinguished historian, author and playwright, has been chronicling the LGBT experience for more than a half-century, most notably in the celebrated books Stonewall, Cures and Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS.

Duberman delves deeper into our collective history with his latest book, Jews Queers Germans (Seven Stories Press).

Before the Nazis ushered in their reign of terror, Germany had a thriving underground homosexual community. Duberman’s meticulously researched book, which covers the years 1890 to 1930, highlights the complicated lives of five remarkable men who were either Jewish, homosexual, German or all three.

The book centers upon Prince Philipp von Eulenburg, closest friend to ruler Kaiser Wilhelm II. In 1907, the Prince is brought to court and accused of homosexuality, a scandal that shakes the Empire. Also profiled are famed sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, Count Harry Kessler, Foreign Minister Walthur Rathenau, and Ernest Rohm, the gay leader of Hitler’s SA. A non-fiction novel but anchored in documented fact, Jews Queers Germans offers a window onto a time of anti-gay and anti-Semitic persecution that we run the risk of repeating in Trump’s America.

You can order Jews Queers Germans at Seven Stories Press or on Amazon. Follow Martin Duberman on Facebook.

For those of you in New York City, Duberman will be discussing the novel tonight with Alisa Solomon at the New York Public Library. More info here.

Listen to Duberman read and introduce his selection for Towleroad readers:



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