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Homosexuality has always and everywhere existed Nazis considered homosexuality as a tendency that could not be changed It was assumed that a homosexual orientation could not be eliminated that only its exhibitions could be blocked The Nazi system was concerned with deviations from the norm not only in religion and ethnicity but also sexuality and attitudes toward it As part of the Nazis attempt to purify German society and create an Aryan master race they condemned homosexuals as socially eccentric Antal Szerb took a big risk writing such a controversial novel The Traveler contains many sexual elements which can clearly be seen why it aggravated the Nazis into executing him In his days theoretically the economic system was characterized by the states plan to control the economy and a single party held power Their goal was to make everybody equal If it be color race religion or belief nobody was to be different Even if his life style did not reflect his novel Antal Szerb jeopardized his life and career with what he wrote One of the themes in this novel was homosexuality A dichotomous issue even today it was most likely not even mentioned out in public back then Homosexuals were massively persecuted and tortured Many laws were passed by Nazis that targeted sex offenders They were given the worst kind of treatment in the concentration camps but despite the obvious hate the Nazis had for homosexuals Antal Szerb still wrote about it for anyone to read The impression is there even though the book does not come out and directly say it Tams was my ideal Eva more of a bonus an erotic tool in these games Szerb 270 Evidently the writer here is implying that the character has some what of a liking to his male friend
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