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Pierre Seel

  • Birth 16 Aug 1923 Haguenau, Departement du Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France
  • Death 25 Nov 2005 Toulouse, Departement de la Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France
  • Burial Bram, Departement de l'Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  • Memorial ID 12550224

Anti-Fascist Fighter and Gay Activist. He was born in Haguenau (Alsace) and died in Toulouse (France). He was the last known surviving French homosexual victim of the Nazi concentration camps. in 1940, the Nazis established the notorious "Pink Lists" to keep track of homosexuals. Seel and his lover was arrested and sent to the concentration camp of Struthof. There, he was tortured for being gay and saw how the Nazis fed his lover to be eaten by dogs before his eyes. He recounted his terrible experience in the documentary "Paragraph 175," by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and in his book "Moi, Pierre Seel, déporté homosexuel." After the war, gay concentration camp victims were shunned, and refused recognition or compensation from the state like other deportees received. Then, for the rest of his life, Seel fought for official recognition of the Vichy-Nazi deportation of homosexuals by the French authorities and brought his witness before the public on many occasions, and also fought for the inclusion of the representatives of gay organizations in the annual French ceremonies commemorating Nazi deportations of Jews, resistants, political prisoners, and others. In 2003, he received official recognition as a victim of the Holocaust by the International Organization for Migration's program for aiding Nazi victims, but the official recognition of Seel by the French government never came.

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 30 Nov 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12550224
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pierre Seel (16 Aug 1923–25 Nov 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12550224, citing Cimetière de Bram, Bram, Departement de l'Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .