00011306.gif Interview with Hermann Rauschning, Hollywood, Cal. June 24, 1943 Rauschning has written so extensively about his association with Hitler that he had very little to add which is not found in his books. He was asked specifically about his references to Hitler's association with men. He says that he met a young man in Zurich who claimed that he had had homosexual relations with Hitler while he was in the SS. In Paris he heard another young man bragging that he had been Hitler's sweetheart. Both of these persons were obviously homosexuals but he could not vouch for the truth of his statements. When asked concerning Forster's relationship to Hitler he said that Foerster was certainly homosexual as well as heterosexual. He has heard Hitler call Forester by a nickname which is commonly used among homosexuals and that on one occasion when he (Rauschning) was traveling back to Danzig with Foerster they happened to get on the subject of women. Foerster became very enthusiastic about a girl with whom he had had an affair and in the midst of it he said: "Poor Hitler, it is a shame that he never know how nice it can be." He interpreted this as meaning that Hitler was wholly homosexual. Rauschning felt sure that these homosexual practices were confined to pederasty. Someone (he could not remember who it was but some high Nazi) had once confided in him that Hitler's military record contained an item of a court-martial at which he guilty of pederastic practices with an officer. It was for this reason that he was never promoted beyond the rank of lance-corporal. He also claims that he had a police record in Munich for violation of Paragraph 175 which deals with pederasty and that this record listed him as morally insane. Both records were destroyed early although Schleicher knew of the military record and was purged.
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