Homosexuality has always and everywhere existed. Nazis considered homosexuality
not be eliminated, that only its exhibitions could be blocked. The Nazi system was concerned
were given the worst kind of treatment in the concentration camps, but despite the obvious
hate the Nazis had for homosexuals, Antal Szerb still wrote about it for anyone to read. The
being male as well. Mih?ly?s character was very effeminate with a refined face and liking
Szerb wrote of it freely.
Another argumentative point was the fact that Erzsi had slept around so much with
men from other ethnic backgrounds and the way he described it. She was, you can say,
promiscuous. She slept with three different men.
True, her longing was spiced with her curious attraction to anything
feel the Persian?s burning touch. How strange and wonderfully frightening
it was to be waiting like this! (Pg. 247)
She worked herself into teeth chattering excitement. This would be
the night of her life . . . Finally, she would shed all her middle- class
conventions, all that was Budapest, and surrender herself to France?s deepest
night, in an ancient chateau, to a man who had paid for her, to an exotic
animal who would strip her of all her lady- like pretensions and she would
become like the dancers in the Bible or in the Thousand and One Nights.
This was the longing lurking in all her fantasies, even when she cheated on
Mih?ly had led her to this moment. (Pg. 247)
Seeing as the Nazis were so concerned in making and keeping the perfect race, they
presumably found this very offensive. These were just the main examples of perhaps a
massive list the Nazis had against Szerb and his work. Despite all this, though, he wrote as
any person should be allowed to write- what he felt and what came naturally to him. It was
a sad way to die as a consequence to doing what he enjoyed.
New York: Puski- Corvin, 1995.