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Karl Lange (Nazi persecutee)

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For the German aerospace engineer, see Karl Otto Lange

Karl Lange (born 28 October 1915, date of death unknown) was imprisoned by the Nazis for the then crime of homosexuality under the criminal code's Paragraph 175, which defined homosexuality as an unnatural act.[1]

Lange was born in Hamburg, Germany to an American father and a German mother. In 1935, when Lange was twenty years old, an informer told the police that he had been having secret meetings with a fifteen-year-old youth, and he was arrested. He was released after fifteen months but re-arrested in 1937 and imprisoned at Fuhlsbüttel prison, and then was part of a group that was transferred to Waldheim prison in Saxony, where he had suffered a nervous breakdown and was transferred to the prison hospital.

After the war Lange was hired at a bank in Hamburg but was fired after eighteen months when his employer learned of his Paragraph 175 convictions.

See also[edit]

  • Persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust


  1. Schemo, Diana Jean (1993-04-27), "Museum Opens With Firm Grip On the Emotions", New York Times, retrieved 2008-01-04

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