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