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    "Ach du lieber!" Bigdibbs88's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jack944 View Post
    This guy seemed destined to die.
    lol. I thought the same thing. A bizarre story indeed

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    What happens in the U-Boat stays in the U-boat! Lol

    Poor guy, it was the race to the bottom for him.

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    It is indeed a bizar story.
    What I also find odd is that he was apparently partying with the EM of his crew, officers and EM didn't tend to mingle, even off duty in the Kriegsmarine.
    He was lucky that the Sipo/SD didn't pick up his case; if they had done, he would have ended up in a concentration camp were there was a chance that he would have been euthanized.
    (The Waffen SS executed/hanged those found guilty of homosexuality.)
    I also wonder what happened with the EM of his crew that were also caught.


    His case is also typical of how the Nazi's had a bad influence on the armed forces, although homosexuality was illegal in Germany before they came to power, such a trivial case as that of Helmut Franzke would never have been prosecuted, but now that they were in power they saw enemies everywhere, I guess typical behavior for dictatorships.
    So in a time when the needed "every swinging dick" in the field, they preferred to remove a capable submarine commander from their fleet, put him in jail and then use him as a ordinary sailor on coastal patrol boats.
    A slap on the wrist would have been more then enough and he could have carried on doing what he was trained for: destroying allied tonnage at sea, thus his conviction aided more the allied cause then that of the Reich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack944 View Post
    This guy seemed destined to die.
    Aren't we all?

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