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Israel To Honor Gays Persecuted During Holocaust With Pink Triangle Monument

According to Haaretz.com, "Israel’s first monument to homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis will be erected in central Tel Aviv’s Meir Park (Gan Meir) later this year, near the headquarters of the Gay Center."

The monument will include the pink triangle used to identify homosexuals.

As San Diego Gay & Lesbian News notes:

Between 1933 and 1945, more than 100,000 gay men were arrested by the Nazis and about half of them were convicted and sentenced to prison. Although records are sketchy, World War II experts estimate that 5,000 to 15,000 of those gay prisoners were sent to concentration camps. According to Wikipedia, "leading scholar Rüdiger Lautmann believes that the death rate of homosexuals in concentration camps may have been as high as 60%. Homosexuals in the camps were treated in an unusually cruel manner by their captors."

Not only did the Nazis abuse the gay men, but so did other prisoners. Some gay men were beaten to death in the camps. Some were used for target practice by SS soldiers, who aimed at the pink triangles that the gay men were forced to wear to designate that they were homosexuals.

The persecution of gays by the Nazis remained little known for decades, and it wasn't until 2002 that the German government apologized to the gay community. In 2005, the European Parliament approved a resolution on the Holocaust that finally acknowledged the persecution of gays.

The pink triangles would become a symbol for the modern gay community. And the Israel monument will include the pink triangle when it is erected later this year.

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It's good to see that those persecuted during the Holocaust will finally be honored for what they endured. 

We look forward to seeing the monument's completion. 

 

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