The Real ‘English Patient’ Hero Was Not A Womanizer … He Was Gay, Letters Show

From the Daily Mail:

Letters have surfaced in Germany proving that the World War Two spy who inspired the hero the the Oscar-winning film The English Patient was no womaniser but a gay man in love with a young soldier called Hans Entholt.

The correspondence also indicate the Hungarian-born adventurer Count Laszlo de Almásy did not die of a morphine overdose after suffering terrible burns and dreaming of the woman he loved, the fate the befell the fictional hero played by Ralph Fiennes in the film.

Instead Almásy succumbed to amoebic dysentery in 1951 never having once slept with a woman.

While the Imperial War Museum in London holds reports he wrote for German intelligence in WW2 under lock and key, letters written by Almásy, who worked for Rommel’s Afrika Corps, have been found in Germany, confirming the long-time rumours about his sexuality.

The Heinrich Barth Institute for African Studies in Cologne has discovered the intimate correspondence penned by him.

[Read more at the Daily Mail]

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4 Responses to The Real ‘English Patient’ Hero Was Not A Womanizer … He Was Gay, Letters Show

  1. Word Eater April 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Amoebic dysentry is so much less “sexy” than morphine overdose.

  2. Michael Mcdaniel April 8, 2010 at 2:31 am #

    I thought the English Patient was a WWI movie.

  3. Michael Mcdaniel April 7, 2010 at 9:31 pm #

    I thought the English Patient was a WWI movie.

  4. Mold Testing November 18, 2010 at 6:13 am #

    Nice one.

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