Gad Beck — Resistance Fighter


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An anti-Nazi resistance fighter and the last known gay Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. 

Gad was born on June 30, 1923, together with his twin sister Miriam. Gad’s mother Hedwig came from a Protestant family, but converted to Judaism before the marriage with Heinrich Beck in 1920. The children were raised according to Jewish traditions, supported by the Christian relatives. In 1934 Gad changed to the Jewish school in the Grosse Hamburger Strasse. In 1939 his parents were forced to move into the predominantly Jewish section of Berlin. They could no longer afford the school fees; Gad started to work as an apprentice.

Despite being both gay and Jewish, Gad Beck survived the entire duration of Nazi rule living in Berlin. He was 19 when in 1941 his friends and neighbours began to be rounded up and deported. He made the decision to actively resist Nazi Persecution, assuming a leading role in the Chug Chaluzi Jewish resistance group.



Further resource:

  • The online exhibition telling the story of how Gad met his first boyfriend Manfred, how they fell in love and how Gad risked everything to try to save him.

Obituaries:

 Photo of Gad Beck by Federico Novaro