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Postby varjag » 03 Oct 2004 11:43

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panzertruppe2001 wrote:I suppose that they were tolerated in this cities, principally in Moscow.

Of all the places you mentioned, Moscow is probably the city less likely to accept homosexuals.

Russian society is EXTREMELY homophobic, even today; back then it must have been horrible for gay people.
panzertruppe - may well have a point. None less than Stalins most murderous Secret Police chief 1936/38 - Nikolai Ivanovitch Yezhov - cavorted with both men and women in a grand way. Like all axemen - his time came too, and when he realised that he was due for the chop (which in the USSR meant 9 grammes in the nape of the neck...) he's reliably said to have had some celestial orgies with men - before he was led to the slaughterhouse. His 'mark' on Russia is remembered as the 'Yezhovshina' - a bloodletting only (perhaps?) matched by the Second World War.

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Postby Warren Thompson » 03 Oct 2004 15:47

The musical (stage and film) CABARET, based on Isherwood's writings, is a good portrayal of the Berlin club scene just prior to the Nazi ascension to power. What we'd now call 'metrosexuality' was quite the thing in pre-war Berlin. Many of these cabarets stayed in business, even after January 1933, and were patronized by Party members. Goering is said to have offered a reward for the best cabaret comedian's joke at his, Goering's, expense. A good story, even if not true. Yet, I do recall that one popular comic's joke claimed that Goering, when walking down a busy street at night, was required by law to 'dip his medals so as not to blind oncoming drivers.'

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Postby R.M. Schultz » 20 Oct 2004 04:03

Homosexual Bars in Berlin included:

• Adonis-Lounge, Alexandrinenstrasse 128, active from 1924 to 1933.
• Alexander-Palast, Landsbergstrasse 39, 1921-1930
• Bürger-Casino, Friedrichgracht 1, 1927-1932
• Cabaret of the3 Spider, Alte Jakobstrasse 174, 1922-1925
• Cosy-Corner, Zossener Strasse 7, 1927-1932
• Karls-Lounge, Karl Strasse 5, 1921-1926
• Monte-Casino, Planufer 5, 1923-1933
• Moustache-Lounge, Gormannstrasse 2, 1929-1933
•Zauberflote, Kommandanstrasse 72, 1926 – 1933

Lesbian bars included:

• Auluka-Lounge, Augsberger Strasse 72, 1924-1933
• Café Domino, Marburger Strasse 13, 1921-1930
• Café Dorian Gray, Bülowstrasse 57, 1927-1933 (The Dorian Gray also had a limited male clientele, and every Wednesday was “Sadomasochist Night.”)
• Café Olala, Zietenstrasse 11, 1927-1932
• Hohenzoffern-Café, Bülowstrasse 101, 1921-1933
• Mali & Ingel, Lutherstrasse 16, 1927-1933
• Meyer-Stube, Xanterner Strasse 3, 1927-1928
• Talverne, Georgenkirchstrasse 30a, 1927-1930
• Topkeller, Schwerinstrasse 13, 1923-1932
• Verona-Lounge, Kleistrasse 36, 1919-1931

Transvestite Bars included:

• El Dorado, Lutherstrasse 29, 1926-1932
• El Dorado (new), Monzstrasse 15, 1928-1932
• Mikado Bar, Puttkamerstrasse 15, 1907-1933
• Monocle-Bar, Budapester Strasse 14, 1929-1933
• Silhouette, Geisbergstrasse 24, 1926-1933 ( A favorite haunt of Ernst Röhm. Sefton Delmer once met Röhm there for drinks and was introduced to a transvestite who was also a Stormtrooper.)

Another homosexual hang-out was the Passage, a mall of sorts, between Unter den Linden and Friedrichstrasse.

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