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Albrecht Becker

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Name Albrecht Becker
Date of Birth 1906 Place of Birth Germany
BeckerBorn in a small town in the mountains, Albrecht always had an eye for a bigger life. Exceptionally handsome and a snappy dresser, he attracted attention wherever he went. At eighteen, when he was living in Hamburg, he fell in lover with a 45-year-old man, with whom he lived for nearly ten years. Through him, he met an array of artists and influential people who took him on travels around the world and showed him a life of culture and sophistication.
1933 - 1939: When he was brought in for questioning in 1935 on suspicion of violating Paragraph 175, Albrecht declared, "Everybody knows I'm a homosexual." He was hauled away to jail, and the police beated him to a pulp along the way. He was sentenced to three years in prison at Nürnberg which he describes as a monastic life of study and thought. When released to his home town, he found all the men were gone, either to the army or to prison.
Becker1940 - 1944: Upon his release, Becker found he could no longer live comfortably in the village where he grew up since all the men had left to join the army. So in 1940 he enlisted, too - because "that's where all the men were!" Throughout the years, he has been an avid photographer of himself and others.
BeckerAfter the war, Becker and his lover lived under constant fear because gays were viewed not as political prisoners but as criminals under the Nazi sodomy law, which remained on the books through the late '60s. He became an art director in the German film industry. He lives in Hamburg.
Notes Pictures (from top to bottom):
Albrecht Becker after meeting his first lover in 1924 at age 18 in a small German village. (Photo courtesy of Schwules Museum, Berlin)
Albrecht (left), age 20, with friends at the beach in Venice, Italy, 1926 (Photo courtesy of Schwules Museum, Berlin)
Albrecht in the German Army, 1940-1943. (Photo courtesy of Schwules Museum, Berlin)
Albrecht in 1998, at his home in Hamburg with a self-portrait from the 50s

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