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Friday, October 15, 2010

Last Known Survivor of Pink Triangle Gives Interview

Filed under: GLBT Social Issues and Civil Rights — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 15:45

While discussions and portrayals of the horrors that occurred during the Holocaust most often focus on the atrocities inflicted on Jewish prisoners, many are unaware that between 15,000-50,000 gay men were also imprisoned and slaughtered by the Nazi regime in the concentration camps under Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code. While Jews were forced to wear the yellow Star of David to identify themselves, gay men were forced to wear a pink triangle, designed to bring them shame by degrading their identity as men by reinforcing the feminine stereotypes of male homosexuality in society. Below is a video of a recent interview with the last known survivor of the Pink Triangle. His words are startling and serve as a reminder that the persecution of minority groups represents the worst of humanity.

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