Gay Voices from East Germany

Gay Voices from East Germany

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"These interviews are wonderful. Extremely interesting and informative about gay life in East Germany." John C. Fouts"A fascinating book. As far as I know, it is the first time that working class gays have given us an insight into their lives.... A singular contribution." George L. Mosse"Lemke's interviews with 14 gay men, mainly working class, not only encompass a range of gay lifestyles... but reflect almost a century of German history.... Ultimately, love and a steady partnership are upheld as the ideal." Publishers Weekly"These narratives provide helpful insight into daily life in the GDR a state that highly valued conformity as lived by a minority rarely acknowledged." Library Journal..". vividly portray the men's trials, tragedies, and triumphs... these memoirs are engagingly provocative.... will serve as a treasure house for future historians, sociologists, and other researchers." Lambda Book Report"Not just gay men, but anyone with a little humanity will find it rewarding to spend a few hours listening to these men." Hungry Mind Review..". a rare, intensive glimpse into another community and another culture." A Different Light Review"The 14 compelling interviews... chronicle gay male experience prior to the dramatic events of the last two years." On the IssuesJurgen Lemke's collection of interviews with East German homosexual men caused a sensation in the East, where it was hailed as "a milestone in the history of homosexual men in the GDR." The book presents sustained portraits of fourteen men from different generations and classes, "in the closet" and out. Together they provide a penetrating view into the lives of gay men in Germany from the time of Hitler until the final year of the separate socialist state."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 155.2 x 233.2 x 17mm | 348.35g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253206308
  • 9780253206305

Table of contents

Introduction by John borneman I. Erich and Karl Introduced by Geoffrey J. Giles 1. OYou wonOt hear heroic tales about our kindO Erich, 1900-1986, worker 2. OThis is my young friend; weOre in loveO Karl, born 1907, druggist II. Reinhold and Bert Introduced by Steven Stoltenberg 3. OIOve got a headache from all your questionsO Reinhold, born 1935, worker on a collective dairy farm 4. OThe way you look, you donOt have a chance of getting inO Bert, born 1961, worker III. Lothar, Peter, and Volker Introduced by James W. Jones 5. OI am my own womanO Lothar, born 1927, curator 6. OMarried without childrenO Peter, born 1944, typesetter, and Volker, born 1948, foreign trade salesman IV. Winne Introduced by James Patrick Hill and John Borneman 7. OWhat should I do with such a hot-blooded guy?O Winne, born 1964, library worker V. Body and Joseph Introduced by Jeffrey M. Peck 8. OYou donOt get points for drinkingO Body, born 1947, worker 9. OSociety could have gotten more from meO Joseph, born 1944, economist VI. Theodor and Dieter Introduced by James R. Keller 10. OI am not a banner waverO Theodor, born 1963, waiter 11. OIOm a man and I want to live with oneO Dieter, born 1946, worker VII. Nicholas and J.A.W. Introduced by J. D. Steakley 12. OEvery one of us is forced to reinvent himselfO Nicholas, born 1944, self-employed 13. OThe harlequin and the faunO J.A.W., born 1917, painter and art educator Notes Contributors to the English Translationshow more

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