Jean-Francois Steiner records a survivor's memories about a Nazi administrator at the Treblinka death camp: Max Bielas had a harem of little Jewish boys. He liked them young, no older than seventeen ... Bielas sought in Treblinka on the satisfaction of his homosexual instincts.
Walter Poller remembers his imprisonment at Buchenwald: ... the camp doctor knew that a certain type of homosexual Scharführer and SS officer stood at a certain gate; he arranged a little special entertainment for them, which he called a medical examination.
French historians Gilles Perrault and Pierre Azema describe the deportation of Jews bound for the camps: Sonia Boukassi and Violette Morris, both lesbians, were the chief women's interrogators in the notorious torture chambers of la Carlingue.
The Jerusalem Post reported on May 30, 1994 that Jewish men in concentration camps were “killed for refusing to have sexual relations with the camp commandant.”
William L. Shirer's monumental book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, is a valued piece of research about the Holocaust. Shirer writes:
[describing Ernst Roehm] a tough, ruthless, driving man - albeit, like so many of the early Nazis, a homosexual - he helped to organize the first Nazi strong-arm squads which grew into the S.A. ... without his help, Hitler could never have ... (pg. 38)Shirer's book has gone through many printings and editions; the page numbers given above are from the hardcover edition. Note that “Roehm” and “Röhm” are equivalent spellings.
[describing the S.A. or “Brown Shirts”] a motley bunch of brawlers. Many of its top leaders, beginning with its chief, Roehm, were notorious homosexual perverts. Lieutenant Edmund Hienes, who led the Munich S.A., was not only a homosexual, but a convicted murderer. These two and dozens of others quarreled and feuded as only men of unnatural sexual inclinations, with their peculiar jealousies, can. (pg. 120)
[the non-Nazi officials were] shocked by the tales ... of the corruption and debauchery of the homosexual clique around the S.A. chief. (pg. 214)
Hitler had known all along, from the earliest days of the party, that a large number of his closest and most important followers were sexual perverts and convicted murderers. It was common talk, for instance, that Heine used to send S.A. men all over Germany to find him suitable male lovers. (pg. 220)
Pimps, murderers, homosexuals, alcoholics and blackmailers flocked to the party as if to a natural haven. Hitler did not care, as long as they were useful to him. (pg. 122)
In his book, Richard Plant describes the political effects of Roehm's dealings with male prostitutes:
Captain Walter Stennes ... taunted Roehm's stalwarts at a rally, dismissing them as “sissies in frilly underwear who couldn't order their boys around.” [Stennes was murdered by Roehm's “Brown Shirt” S.A. men for making these remarks.]