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Remembering the Holocaust’s Persecuted Gays

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Posted on May 27, 2008
Berlin monument
AP photo / Markus Schreiber

Norwegian artist Ingar Dragset, left, and Danish artist Michael Elmgreen stand in front of their monument to homosexual victims of the Nazi regime in Berlin on Monday.

Berlin’s mayor, Klaus Wowereit, was on hand for the inauguration of a new memorial in the German capital dedicated to the 55,000 gay men who were branded criminals by the Nazi regime before and during World War II—and of whom about 15,000 were killed in Nazi camps.
BBC: The four-metre high monument, which has a window showing a film of two men kissing, was unveiled in Berlin. [...] The new memorial - which was inaugurated by Berlin’s gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit, and Germany’s Culture Minister, Bernd Neumann - is situated close to that for the six million victims of the Holocaust. Mr Wowereit said it was typical of post-war Germany that the victims had not been honoured until now. Read more

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By Nelson, July 2, 2008 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment
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This Homopower trip is getting really ridiculous.
What about the thousands who died because they were darker skinned, or polish, or they were too fit so they tortured them am did experiments and kept the skulls and other body parts on display at the labs. What about the 100’s of thousands who were killed because they were Christians, or the priests who were martyred for there faith. what about those who were killed because they were teachers and educators. I am getting really angry with all this homo attention and everyone else’s feelings and rights get thrown aside. We must rebel.

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By dihey, May 28, 2008 at 11:45 am Link to this comment

The picture of two gay men kissing which can be seen trough the window of this recently dedicated monument suggests to me that the promoters may themselves be terribly prejudiced. Why? For the following reason. Homosexuals were a recognized special group in concentration camps. Like Jews they wore badges which identified them as homosexuals. According to Nazi-principles the persecuted category included both gays AND lesbians although in the concentration camps the second group was very much smaller than the first because Nazi prosecutors tended to be more lenient on women. My mother who spent nine month in the concentration camp Vught in The Netherlands for hiding Jewish friends in our house met a German woman who was there in transit to a camp in Germany because she had obstinately refused to stop living openly with her partner. That woman was probably killed in camp Sachsenhausen. The apparent exclusion of lesbian victims from this Berlin monument could be an inexcusable and egregious blunder.

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