The letters on the triangular badges designated the prisoners' countries of origin. Pierre Seel, one of the many gay Holocaust victims and few survivors, provides one of the most harrowing stories. These people never were assigned a badge because they were rarely sent to concentration camps. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Given that the Nazis had the power to incarcerate a male without trial, just for the mere suspicion of homosexuality, it is no surprise that the prisoners would often accept castration in return for a lesser sentence. Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin, in
Homosexual inmates in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.
Welsh people in Munich. Following several years of escalating persecution under the Nazi regime, more than six million Jewish people were murdered during the Holocaust. How the Germans invented Gay Rights- more than a century ago. The post was accompanied by a picture of a pink triangle — the symbol officials in Nazi Germany used to identify and ostracize gay concentration camp prisoners — and a quote drawn from the website for The Pink Triangle of San Francisco, an annual event remembering those victimized under Nazi rule:. It is exactly these traits that helped him to cheat death when he was a prisoner at the Buchenwald concentration camp. Many of those with a pink triangle on their pocket were put back in prison and their nightmare continued.
In other memorials and exhibits that depict the horrors of the Nazis, the names of victims — particularly Jewish victims — are prominently displayed. Since the s, some cities around the world have erected memorials to remember the thousands of gay people who were murdered and persecuted during the Holocaust. Nazism declared itself incompatible with homosexuality, because gays did not reproduce and perpetuate the master race. Adolf Brand pushed for the reform of this section in until the government on October 16, approved it. But after the purge, Hitler elevated Himmler's status and he became very active in the suppression of homosexuality.
Four Germans die in Swiss avalanche. Towards the end of the war, they were told that they would be released if they let themselves be castrated. This does not mean that there were no lesbians in the concentration camps, just that there were much fewer. Even though there are no definite statistics on the number of homosexuals murdered at the Nazi camps, they were especially vilified and singled out for punishment. Very little has been written about the tens of thousands of homosexuals who were the damnedest of the damned, the outcasts among the outcasts in the concentration camps.