GROSS: OK, and this is Claire Waldoff, a cabaret singer and a performer that is lesbian recorded in Germany in 1932.
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CLAIRE WALDOFF: (Performing in German).
GROSS: that has been Claire Waldoff, a track picked for people by Robert Beachy, the writer associated with the brand new book „Gay Berlin, “ that will be concerning the gay subculture in Berlin within the 1920s and very early ’30s, prior to the Nazi increase to energy.
That which was what the law states homosexuality that is regarding the ’20s and early ’30s in Berlin?
BEACHY: what the law states had been initially oppression, anti-sodomy statute, plus it criminalized particular intimate functions between males and bestiality.