Remembering the Holocaust’s Persecuted Gays
Posted on May 27, 2008
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.
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.
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.