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From: "Scott A. Safier" 

In his 1995 book, Gunter Grau discusses this problem and
cites newer research that does access the once closed communist records
(Gunter Grau, editor, Hidden Holocaust?, translated by Patrick Camiller,
Cassell, New York New York, 1995, 308 pgs -- available from USHMM
bookstore).  His estimates are that between 7,000 - tens of thousands of gay
men were killed in concentration camps.  He states that prior estimates
tended to over-estimate this number because they lacked access to the records.

Also of note in the Grau book is, for the first time, evidence of a woman
being imprisoned for lesbianism.  From pages 12-13 of his book:
"In one documented instance female homosexuality was cited by the
administration of the Ravensbruck
concentration camp as the grounds of detention. Thus, on 30 November 140 the
transportation list for this women's camp
names the day's eleventh 'admission' as the non-Jewish Elli S., exactly 26
years of age. The term 'lesbian' actually appears in
the entry as the reason for detention. Elli S. was apparently put among the
political prisoners, but nothing further is known of
her fate. "

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