His father was born Jewish , and his German mother, originally a Protestant, had converted to Judaism. At age five, he and his family moved to the Weissensee district where he attended primary school and was the target of antisemitism from classmates. In , he was enrolled in a Jewish school but had to quit and take a job as a shop attendant. As a person of partial Jewish ancestry a Mischling in Nazi terminology , Beck was not deported with other German Jews.
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Under the rule of Nazi Germany from to , gay men and to a lesser extent lesbians were persecuted with thousands of gay men imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. The Gestapo compiled lists of homosexuals, and gay clubs were shut down. Some gay men emigrated while others withdrew from homosexual practices or engaged in heterosexual relationships to cover their identities.
Upon the rise of Adolf Hitler, gay men and, to a lesser extent, lesbians , were two of the numerous groups targeted by the Nazi Party and were ultimately among Holocaust victims. Beginning in , gay organizations were banned, scholarly books about homosexuality, and sexuality in general, were burned, and homosexuals within the Nazi Party itself were murdered. The Gestapo compiled lists of homosexuals, who were compelled to sexually conform to the "German norm.