Germany changed almost overnight, with a climate of tolerance giving way to ruthless prejudice. Based solely on hearsay, LGBT people (or even those just suspected of being them) were placed on the 'Pink List' and rounded up solely on the basis of reports from informers. From as little as a suspicious touch or look, many were sent to the camps without trial, where they were forced to wear the now infamous pink triangle to identify their crime. But even amongst the inmates, gay people faced scorn and hatred for their sexuality, because even amongst those suffering in camps, homosexuality was still seen as a hateful perversion.
After the war, most survivors of The Holocaust returned to a penitent society, where memory of the horrors inflicted on them was met with abhorrence and shame. Gay people, however, were not seen as victims of the Nazi regime, but simply as common criminals. With homosexuality still illegal, LGBT survivors fell silent, carrying their personal trauma alone. Very few gay people ever spoke out about their time in the camps, but those who did spoke decades later when the fear of continued persecution lessened. With many coming home to rejection from their families and Berlin no longer the liberal utopia it was before the Nazis, many had nowhere to turn except back into the closet to carry their tremendous burden alone.