It is an assertion made by the German Journalist, Heinz Hohne in "The Order of the Death's Head". The assertion was popularized by the fraudulent anti-gay book, "pink swatiska". Hohne's book was originally published in German in 1966, translated into English in 1969.This is a passage about Ernst Roehm, head of the Sturmabteilung and homosexual

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    Which Nazi, when?
    – Sklivvz
    Sep 28, 2015 at 0:03
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    The NSDAP. Between the 5 January 1919 and February 24 1920, it was named DAP (German Workers' Party). Sep 28, 2015 at 0:21
  • Heinz Höhne, the German Wikipedia writes, "was criticized by several historians for blindly taking accounts of leading members of the SS at face value". The SS was in rivalry to Röhm's SA.
    – jjack
    Sep 28, 2015 at 17:32
  • @ jjack, Even if the assumption that Heinz Höhne has been criticized by "several historians" is true, does not imply that this assertion is false. Sep 29, 2015 at 13:00

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tl;dr: yes, there were gays among the NSDAP leadership, but they killed them in 1934.

The article you posted talks about Ernst Röhm, chief of staff of the SA (Sturmabteilung) between 1931 and 1934. The SA was the paramilitary wing of the NSDAP responsible for fighting street riots against opposing political groups and for harassing and intimidating political opponents. It did not represent the NSDAP as a whole, which also consisted of many other independent sections like the SS, the Gestapo and the political part.

Although the official party doctrine of the Nazis was anti-homosexuality, it was an open secret that Röhm and many other leading SA members were gay. Hitler tolerated this because Röhm was an old friend of him and (at that time) very loyal to him.

Röhm and many of his inner circle were murdered by other NSDAP members in 1934 during an internal purge operation called night of the long knives. The main reason for this action were internal power struggles between Röhm and Hitler: While Hitler wanted the Reichswehr to be the core of the Nazi state, Röhm wanted the SA to play a much more prominent role. This turned Röhm into a threat to Hitler. Whether or not Röhm's homosexuality was a factor in the decision to murder him and his inner circle is unknown, but it was later used to justify his murder to lower-ranking SA members. Fact is that the persecution of homosexuals in the 3rd reich intensified when Röhm's influence waned. This supports the hypothesis that Röhm and his circle represented a gay lobby inside the NSDAP which was rooted out in 1934.

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    Did they meet in even one "gay" bar (for example the Bratwurstglockl)? You have asserted that a "gay lobby [existed] inside the NSDAP which was rooted out in 1934", do you have any evidence of this? Sep 28, 2015 at 18:41
  • @EdelsteinEli You might want to read the wikipedia articles I linked.
    – Philipp
    Sep 28, 2015 at 18:57
  • @ Philipp, Wikipedia has no academic value. In the second place, I did not find any evidence on the wikipedia page you linked. – Sep 28, 2015 at 19:07
  • @Eli: Even if Wikipedia is not a creditable source, it has indeed a great academic value. If you like to read the german version of Wikipedia about Röhm and the Röhm-Putsch, you get more detailed information
    – DirkMausF
    Sep 28, 2015 at 19:52
  • @DirkMausF On Skeptics, Wikipedia is not considered a good source. See Is Wikipedia a valid reference?.
    – HDE 226868
    Sep 28, 2015 at 23:26

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