Lutz van Dijk

at the IYMC
Lutz van Dijk

On July 12th an evening dedicated to the “Persecution of homosexuals in the time of National-Socialism”, with a special focus on two biographies, took place in the Forum of the IYMC.

After a short welcoming address by Jérôme Déodat on behalf of the IYMC, Mr Lutz van Dijk, historian & author, presented his impressions and results of a study trip that brought him to Oswiecim/Auschwitz and also to the IYMC 27 years ago. In the following lecture from his works “Damned Strong Love”, “Finally the courage …” and “I was never lonely – Gays under the Swastika” the participants of the seminar for gymnasiums in Kassel, the seminar for future volunteers of Action Reconciliation Service for Peace and from Zebras stehen auf e.V. Duisburg were offered a closer insight into the biographies of Stefan Kosinski and Karl Gorath, who were both sentenced under Paragraph 175. Mr van Dijk patiently answered all arising questions and also took himself a lot of time talking to the participants individually while signing his books, so that many participants left the event with valuable information and interesting insights.

About the author: Lutz van Dijk, Dr. Phil, born in Berlin, at first teacher in Hamburg, later working for the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam. Since 2001 co-founder of the HOKISA Foundation for Children and Youths living with and affected by HIV/Aids in Cape Town. His books for adults and younths were translated into numerous languages and received several awards- among them the Literature Prize of Namibia in 1997and the Gustav-Heinemann Peace Prize 2001. In 2003 he was award the Pink Courage Prize from Gay in May, Osnabrück,.for his commitment for the rights of homosexuals. In 2009 he was awarded with a a honorary professorship in poetry at the University of Oldenburg. Today he is living and working in Cape Town.

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