The treatment of homosexual inmates in Nazi concentration camps is a subject which was largely ignored by historians in both West and East Germany after the war. Not until the s, when research began to focus on some of the lesser-known victims of Nazi terror, did attention shift to the fate of homosexuals. This process can be seen clearly at the Buchenwald Memorial in the former GDR, the site of the persecution and also the death of considerable numbers of prisoners identified by the pink triangle on their clothing.
List of Postings Add a comment. Posted by Casey Wong, Tuesday 31st October, Memorial plaque to the homosexual victims of Nazi persecution, Nollendorfplatz, Berlin.
Moral decline prior to Nazi Germanywhich spawned an increase in the acceptance of homosexuality in German society, occurred about 35 years before the Nazis took power and it paved the way for the Nazis to take power. The Nazis were rabid evolutionists who insisted that the " German master race " should dominate other so-called inferior races. Belief in evolution has been linked to a decline of morality.
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The news that Jorg Haider - the Austrian fascist leader - spent his final few hours in a gay bar with a hot blond has shocked some people. It hasn't shocked me. This is a taboo topic for a gay left-wing man like me to touch, but there has always been a weird, disproportionate overlap between homosexuality and fascism.
In Poland, no one writes about the tragic fate of homosexuals during the Nazi era. Nothing has been published about the thousands of Polish homosexuals who became death camp victims. The Napoleonic Code of served as the model for this kind of progress.
Before the pink triangle became a worldwide symbol of gay power and pride, it was intended as a badge of shame. In Nazi Germany, a downward-pointing pink triangle was sewn onto the shirts of gay men in concentration camps—to identify and further dehumanize them. Homosexuality was technically made illegal in Germany inbut it was rarely enforced until the Nazi Party took power in
Upon the rise of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Party the Nazi Party in Germany, gay men and, to a lesser extent, lesbianswere two of the numerous groups targeted by the Nazis and were ultimately among Holocaust victims. The Gestapo compiled lists of homosexuals, who were compelled to sexually conform to the "German norm". Between andan estimatedmen were arrested as homosexuals, of whom some 50, were officially sentenced. Most of these men served time in regular prisons, and an estimated 5, to 15, of those sentenced were incarcerated in Nazi concentration camps.
After years of extremists promoting 'Holocaust revisionism,' some anti-gay religious crusaders now allege that far from being persecuted by Nazis, homosexuals were behind the Holocaust. For decades now, "Holocaust revisionists" in the U. Ina book called The Pink Swastika made similar claims about the Nazis' treatment of homosexuals during the Holocaust.
Whilst their exact provenance is unknown, it is likely that these labels were handed out to encourage the boycott of Jewish shops and businesses. This type of antisemitic signage was visible all over Germany following the Nazis rise to power. It aimed to exclude Jews from every day life. The Nazis aimed to completely exclude Jews and other minorities from everyday life.