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This 99-year-old Holocaust survivor who was imprisoned for being gay ‘doesn’t deserve compensation’

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He survived the Holocaust, only to spend months in prison for being gay when he returned home.

And now, 99-year-old Wolfgang Lauinger has been denied compensation by Germany.

Lauinger was forced to spend at least five months of 1950 in prison, detained because of a homophobic 1871 law which became strictly enforced under the Nazis.

(FILES) This File Picture taken on January 13, 2005 shows the main gate entering the Nazi Auschwitz death camp at sunrise.   Thieves have stolen the infamous sign at the entrance of Poland's Nazi-era concentration camp, Auschwitz, "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free"), police and museum staff reported on December 18, 2009. "The inscription was stolen early this morning," museum spokesman Jaroslaw Mensfeld told AFP.   AFP PHOTO/JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)


Paragraph 175 was part of Germany’s criminal code until 1994, and made sex between men illegal.

Over 140,000 men were convicted under the law, with around 50,000 prosecuted.

This year, decades after most of the victims were arrested and imprisoned, Germany announced that it would compensate the men.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 14: German Chancellor and Chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) Angela Merkel prepares to speak to the media following elections in three German states on March 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Voters went to the polls yesterday in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt and Baden-Wuerttemberg and the right-leaning populist Alternative fuer Deutschland (Alternative for Germany,AfD) scored double-digit results in all three, dealing a blow to Germany's established parties, especially to the CDU. Merkel's liberal immigration policy towards migrants and refugees was a major issue in the elections and the AfD aimed its campaign at Germans who are uneasy with so many newcomers. (Photo by Axel Schmidt/Getty Images)


The country set aside 30 million euros to right this historical wrong.

But despite the pain and suffering he was forced to endure by his country, Lauinger has not seen one cent of this fund, according to BuzzFeed Germany.

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