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Boy photographer Holger Sennels in Stockholm, Sweden

Holger Sennels, 1922 – 1986

Holger Sennels was a boy photographer who had a studio on Bastugatan 45 in Stockholm, Sweden, in the 1970s. His photos frequently appeared in the gay and boy magazines of the time.

Little is known about Holger Sennels’ personal life. Above is a facsimile from The Lover 03, which contains a unique feature on man/boy life in postwar Stockholm.

Holger Sennels died on 23 April 1986.

Edward Brongersma, 1911 – 1998

On the 22 April 1998, Dutch academic and politician Edward Brongersma died through voluntary euthanasia.

Brongersma, who was a doctor of law and member of parliament, spent 11 months in prison in the 1950s for having had sexual relations with a 17-year-old man at a time when the age of consent for male sexual relations was 21 in the Netherlands. He devoted his life to research in male sexuality and published a number of important works on that subject, most notably Loving Boys. But after an initial liberalization of sexual mores, times changed again and society grew hostile toward Brongersma’s liberal view on sex, which was based in science. The doctor found himself out in the cold, which was probably partly why he chose to end his life.

Brongersma had built a huge archive of scientific writings on the subject of mainly male sexuality. Except for academic works, it also included unique writings from the everyday lives of friends and acquaintances he had got to know over the years. After his death, the archive was raided by the police and the board members argued about whether they would destroy the archive or not, since it might include information illegal to possess or view according to Dutch law. It also provided evidence of past sexual relations:

“After examining the writings and photographs, prosecutors announced they had identified hundreds of men who had been involved – mostly years ago – in homosexual relationships with boys, and that they had evidence to launch some 40 prosecutions.”

Further reading

This is the first post in the category Calendar, which will include historical dates and events relevant to the Destroyer reader.

The Lover 05 - magazine cover boy

The Lover 05 out now!

Yes it’s true. The fifth issue of The Lover has come about in record time! What’s more, it is already printed and was delivered to me this morning!

The summer issue 2017 is 52 pages thick, full color as always and filled with unique content:

  • Haiti behind the headlines. Jonas was accused of abducting children from Haiti and selling them to German men. He was vilified by the media and ended up on the cover of tabloid papers – not only once. But he was innocent. This issue’s special case study is an exclusive, in-depth interview with Jonas – as always aptly illustrated.
  • Bacha bazi special report. In three separate articles, The Lover reports on the Afghan boy cult: Bacha bazi to be banned – after Western lobbying. Boy rapes on the rise in Sweden – after the recent influx of young Afghan refugees. And a historical exposé of the tradition of dancing boys in other countries and cultures.
  • Interview with a rent boy. Kevin started selling sex to men when he was 14. The Lover has talked to him about the highs and lows of the business that has become his main career.
  • Mowgli revisited. Why Disney’s The Jungle Book has a different ending in 2016 than in 1967.
  • Plus news, manga and book reviews, and a look behind the scenes of an apparently radical magazine (this one).

Order The Lover 05 here – it will ship to you immediately!

(This is the print version. The PDF download will be released at a later date.)