THE FRANZ DOCUMENT






The Franz Document (Orchid House, 1989)

 The Franz Document is a novel about a half-Jewish, homosexual high school student in Vienna, whose father is a functionary in the Austrian Nazi party. After the Germans invade Austria, he is sent to a concentration camp, accused of being an anarchist, homosexual, and a Jew, Upon his release, he flees to Switzerland where he spends the war years. Later, he becomes an interpreter for the American occupation forces in Vienna. Eventually, he winds his way to India, to seek spiritual enlightenment. From there he travels to Thailand and the Philippines. It is there that he makes peace with his true identity The book relates various aspects of the Holocaust, the history of World War II, and the plight of a homosexual trying to come to terms with his true identity.

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