Closet Queens by Michael Bloch, review: ‘entertaining’


On March 7 1940, the Tory MP “Chips” Channon had lunch in London with a German refugee and former supporter of Hitler who told Channon that the Führer “is certainly a homosexual”, and that his failure to rise above the rank of corporal in the First World War was due to his “very pronounced perversion”.

To many, this later explained Hitler’s surprise appointment of his handsome architect, Albert Speer, as Minister for Armaments. “Tell Speer I love him,” Hitler informed Field Marshal Milch.