When Kevin Abrams and I published the first edition of this book in 1995, we knew that it would cause controversy, contradicting as it does the common portrayal of homosexuals as exclusively victims of the Nazi regime. For this reason we were scrupulous in our documentation of homosexuals as the true inventors of Nazism and the guiding force behind many Nazi atrocities. We purposefully drew heavily upon homosexual writers and historians for our source material and used direct quotations from their writings whenever possible. The remainder of our sources are primarily mainstream historians of the Nazi era. We chose to place our citations in the text rather than in endnotes to emphasize the reliability of our sources. Few contemporary historians, however, have weighed in, either pro or con, on the claims of this book. With some notable exceptions, the voices have instead come from ideologues on either side of the “gay rights” issue. Homosexuals and their allies (including some academics) denounce The Pink Swastika as baseless and hateful. Pro-family advocates praise it as authoritative and enlightened. We dare say that a majority of leaders on both sides of the “culture war” are familiar with this book. Yet we believe that the issues we have raised deserve broader public scrutiny and debate, especially in academia. This fourth edition represents a renewed effort to put these issues up for debate before the American public. This edition is a dramatically expanded and strengthened volume. We have invested hundreds of additional hours in research and writing that is reflected in two new chapters and hundreds of additional citations that have been woven throughout the existing text. We have also added many helpful photographs and graphics. Our critics will note that we have considered their arguments and refined our own where appropriate. What remains is the struggle to persuade academics and cultural leaders to address this subject, which begs the question of why have they not yet done so. One reason, perhaps, is that The Pink Swastika addresses an aspect of Nazi history unfamiliar to most people, historians included. Indeed, no one could have written The Pink Swastika who was not a student of both history and of the so-called “gay” movement. The compilation of references to homosexuality from mainstream sources, while extensive, does not in and of itself provide a complete picture of the homosexuals’ role in the rise and rule of Nazism. Only when that picture is overlaid with the work of “gay” scholars does the essential relationship between Nazism and the German “gay” movement become clear. Ironically, a better explanation for why The Pink Swastika has been neglected is the dominance of “political correctness” in the academic realm; ironic because today’s “PC” code suppresses intellectual dissent to a degree not seen since the Third Reich. Only today, the verboten subject-matter is anything that reflects negatively on the “gay” movement. This trend is not new. In fact, one of the most remarkable facts we uncovered in our research is the near complete dearth of references to homosexuality in the Nazi Party in books published in the United States since the end of the 1960s. Nearly all of our mainstream U.S. sources (by American writers) pre-date the 1970s, when the “gay” movement became a powerful political force in this country. However, other resources, mostly German works translated into English, have continued to enlarge our knowledge of the homosexual/Nazi connection. One important contributor is, of course, German academic Lothar Machtan, whose Hidden Hitler (2001), argues persuasively that Hitler’s secret “gay” life defined his career. In the 1960s, Nazi homosexuality was so widely acknowledged in America (at least among the “social elites”) that the portrayal of Nazi thugs as homosexual was a frequent occurrence in Hollywood movies. One of the best examples is in Exodus (United Artists, 1960), the film adaptation of the Leon Uris novel about the creation of the State of Israel after World War II. In the film, actor Sal Mineo, playing a young man attempting to join the Irgun (the Jewish underground movement), fails to convince Irgun leaders that he is a genuine Nazi concentration camp survivor. Finally they are convinced — only when he breaks down and confesses that the Nazi guards “used me as a woman.” To the Irgun, this was definitive proof that he had been a Nazi prisoner. Allen Ginsberg, the homosexual “beat” poet was asked by a Justice of the Supreme Court in 1966 (during an obscenity trial related to the book Naked Lunch, by William Borroughs) whether at “some time in the future there will be a political party, for instance, made up of homosexuals.” Ginsberg replied, saying “this has already happened in a sense -- or of sex perverts -- and we can point to Hitler, Germany under Hitler” (The New York Times, August 10, 1997). These are but two examples which reveal the extent to which homosexuality was openly associated with Nazism in the past. There are many other examples in this book. Yet today, the record has been almost entirely purged regarding the homosexual/Nazi connection. This would be alarming enough if it were simply a trend in the popular culture and academia, but a similar whitewashing is also taking place in institutions responsible for keeping the record of the Holocaust. Dr. Nathaniel Lehrman is a retired psychiatrist who read The Pink Swastika and was inspired to recommend it as a resource to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.. No political conservative, Dr. Lehrman has for many years contributed articles and editorials to liberal and humanist publications. After a great deal of effort, including an exchange of correspondence in which he challenged the museum to at least research the claims of this book, he was rebuffed. In a May 5th, 2000 editorial in the Intermountain Jewish News, Dr. Lehrman took issue with one of the frequent pro-homosexual events at the museum:
[F]or the conference to present a complete picture of gays in the Holocaust, it should also have included the key roles of Nazi homosexuals among its perpetrators. By failing to do so, the Museum fostered the myth of a “Gay Holocaust”....Why is the Holocaust Memorial Museum distorting the history of the Holocaust?
Another reader, Mr. Zan Overall, donated a copy of The Pink Swastika to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the leading Holocaust museum on the West Coast. He was later told by a staff member that the book had not been placed in the regular collection but in a “special collection” available only upon request by a patron. He writes:
Wondering how a library patron might become aware of the existence of The Pink Swastika, ensconced in “the special collection,” I asked if it were listed in the computer along with other books on the same general subject....She read off quite a number of titles listed there...and reported The Pink Swastika is not listed there (Overall: private letter).
Knowing how thoroughly these institutions have been infiltrated by “gay” political activists, we were not surprised that they have suppressed the evidence linking Nazism to homosexuality (see my article “How American ‘Gays’ are Stealing the Holocaust,” in The Poisoned Stream, Founders Publishing Corporation, 1997). We are concerned that the same whitewash may be taking place at the Shoah Foundation as it collects the video histories of the last remaining Holocaust survivors. Its founder Steven Spielberg is the business partner of billionaire homosexual activist David Geffin. Unfortunately, the public perceives these institutions as the final authority on anything having to do with the Nazi era. As we prepare to publish this fourth edition of The Pink Swastika, therefore, we are especially mindful that our small work represents perhaps the only significant attempt to counter a highly successful “gay”-sponsored revisionist campaign. We have thus endeavored to produce the most thorough and accurate document of which we are capable. This document is by no means the first, but is by far the most complete, resource ever prepared on the thesis that homosexuals invented and ran the Nazi Party. This is a thesis that has been frequently restated since the 1930s. It is a thesis with profound implications for our society, given the growing power of the “gay” movement. Yet most people in this country have probably never even heard it mentioned. Our goal is not to replace one form of political correctness with another. We do not want our view to be imposed on anyone, nor the homosexualist view to be silenced. Our goal is to put these questions before the public and let the evidence speak for itself.