Gay Nazi victim Wolfgang Lauinger dies without German state compensation

The 99-year-old German activist Wolfgang Lauinger, imprisoned in both Nazi Germany and post-war West Germany, has died.

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He was never rehabilitated for falling victim to Germany’s anti-gay law Paragraph 175.

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One of Germany‘s most tireless campaigners against homophobia and anti-Semitism died at the age of 99 in an old people’s home in Frankfurt this week.

Wolfgang Lauinger, who was imprisoned both by the Nazi regime and in post-war Germany for being gay, died on Tuesday night without having been rehabilitated or compensated by the German government — even though he had helped win a campaign for a rehabilitation law this summer.

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