Photos: Homosexual Memorials

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The Homomonument by Karin Daan in Amsterdam is a memorial to homosexual victims of the Holocaust. Three triangles define a large triangle. This triangle is raised up from the ground. A second triangle is level with the ground. And a third triangle is at a lower level jutting out into the adjacent canal. The "pink triangle" was the symbol the Nazis used to label and defame homosexuals in the concentration camps.
Amsterdam memorial. This triangle bears a line from a poem by Jacob Israel de Haan: "NAAR VRIENDSCHAP ZULK EEN MATELOOS VERLANGEN." (Such a boundless longing for friendship.)
Amsterdam memorial.
Amsterdam memorial.
Amsterdam memorial.
Amsterdam memorial.
Amsterdam memorial.
Commemorative plaque in Berlin. Starting in January of 1933, all of the different homosexual locales around Nollendorf Square in Berlin were either closed or raided because of "pink lists" (Nazi files on homosexuals).
Memorial to homosexual victims at Neuengamme concentration camp. One hundred homosexuals were imprisoned at Neuengamme. At least 33 of these men lost their lives. The exact count is probably much higher.
Wall memorial at Sachsenhausen. "Deathblow, deadly silence of the homosexual victims of National Socialism."

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