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When the Nazi concentration camps were liberated by the Allies, it was a time of great jubilation for the tens of thousands of people incarcerated in them. But an often forgotten fact of this time is that prisoners who happened to be wearing the pink triangle (the Nazis’ way of marking and identifying homosexuals) were forced to serve out the rest of their sentence. This was due to a part of German law simply known as “Paragraph 175” which criminalized homosexuality. The law wasn’t repealed until 1969.

This should be required learning, internationally. 

You need to know this. You need to remember this. This is not something to swept under the carpet nor be forgotten. 

Never. Too many have died for the way they have loved. That needs stop now. 

Make it stop

I did a report on this in my World History class my sophomore year of high school. It was incredibly unsettling.

My teacher shown the class this. Mostly everyone in the class felt uncomfortable. 

I have reblogged this in the past, but it is so ironic that it comes across my dash right now. I a currently working as a docent at my city’s Holocaust Education Center (( I say currently because I’ve also done research and translation for them )) and out current exhibit is one on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ((USHMM)). This is a little known historical fact that Paragraph 175 was not repealed after the war and those convicted under Nazi laws as a danger to society because they were gay were not released because they had be convicted in a court of law. There was no liberation or justice for them as they weren’t considered criminals, or even victims for that matter. They were criminals who remained persecuted and ostracized and kept on the fringes of society for decades after the war had been won. Paragraph175 wasn’t actually repealed until 1994. And it was only in May 2002, that the German parliament completed legislation to pardon all homosexuals convicted under Paragraph175 during the Nazi era. History has forgotten about these men and women — please educate yourselves so this does not happen again. Remember this history. Remember them.

@mindlesshumor ok how the fuck did I miss this when I’ve studied The Holocaust like nobody’s business??? wtf

Because the history we have left regarding it is literally the contents of this first hand account.

It is a thin little book.

When I first opened it, I wondered why it was so thin.

Why there wasn’t other books like it.

Other first hand accounts.

By the time I finished it, I didn’t wonder anymore.

Further reading:

I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror by Pierre Seel

An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin by Gad Beck

The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals by Richard Plant

Branded By The Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington

Bent by Martin Sherman (fiction; however, it’s often credited with bringing attention to gay Holocaust victims for the first time since the war ended)

This is one of the memorial sculptures in Dachau.  It was erected in the early 60s and is missing the pink triangles.  Because in the early 60s, homosexuality was still a crime in most of the world.
Our tour guide explained why the pink triangles have not been added later – if they were, then folks would assume that they had always been there.  This way people ask “why aren’t there pink triangles?” and somebody can explain why – because in some ways, the rest of the world was as bass-ackwards as Nazi Germany.

can i just say i was literately in a genocide and holocaust class and i didnt even learn this

Queer Women and AFAB People During the Holocau…

Queer Women and AFAB People During the Holocaust:

This article contains mentions of forced sex work, corrective rape, and forced pregnancy.

This suffering of queer women and AFAB people is not to be taken lightly. In the theme of our articles, it would be irresponsible of us to overlook this part of history. It would be just as irresponsible, however, for us not to warn our readers about potentially triggering topics. If you can continue reading, we encourage you to do so. If you are not, next week, we will discuss the life and efforts of Josephine Baker.

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“I had a chance to read a copy of The Well of Loneliness that had been translated into Polish before…”

“I had a chance to read a copy of The Well of Loneliness that had been translated into Polish before I was taken into the camps. I was a young girl at the time, around twelve or thirteen, and one of the ways I survived the camp was by remembering that book. I wanted to live long enough to kiss a woman.”

A Jewish woman in conversation at the Lesbian Herstory Archives

If your discussion of the Holocaust does not include how queer people were persecuted it is…

If your discussion of the Holocaust does not include how queer people were persecuted it is incomplete. 

Queer Women and AFAB People During the Holocaust

Queer Women and AFAB People During the Holocaust:

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This article contains mentions of forced sex work, corrective rape, and forced pregnancy.


Now, we set the scene. Before the Nazis came to power, Berlin was one of the safer places for queer people in Europe. As discussed in previous articles, Berlin had developed a rich queer culture that embraced open-mindedness and knowledgeable study of queer lives. There were queer bars, clubs, societies, libraries, and so on. Despite the general atmosphere of safety, however, homosexuality between two people societally defined as men was still illegal under Paragraph 175. It is important to note that Paragraph 175 did not make romantic or sexual relationships between two people societally defined as women illegal. This is where many historical summaries of the lives of queer women in Germany stop, but it is not where history stops.

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Queer Women and AFAB People During the Holocaust

Queer Women and AFAB People During the Holocaust:

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This article contains mentions of forced sex work, corrective rape, and forced pregnancy.


Now, we set the scene. Before the Nazis came to power, Berlin was one of the safer places for queer people in Europe. As discussed in previous articles, Berlin had developed a rich queer culture that embraced open-mindedness and knowledgeable study of queer lives. There were queer bars, clubs, societies, libraries, and so on. Despite the general atmosphere of safety, however, homosexuality between two people societally defined as men was still illegal under Paragraph 175. It is important to note that Paragraph 175 did not make romantic or sexual relationships between two people societally defined as women illegal. This is where many historical summaries of the lives of queer women in Germany stop, but it is not where history stops.

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Institute of Sexology, a Place of Learning

Institute of Sexology, a Place of Learning:

The existence of the Institute in Berlin, Germany, may be surprising, given the way most of Germany’s history has been framed. Before the rise of Hitler, however, Germany was the heart of queer activism in Europe. Some of the most prolific queer researchers and doctors made their homes in Berlin, and because of their presence, the city became a hotbed for advocacy and open discussion. Naturally, much of that open discussion can be attributed to the existence of the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft.

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Queer Women and AFAB People During the Holocaust

Queer Women and AFAB People During the Holocaust:

This article contains mentions of forced sex work, corrective rape, and forced pregnancy.


Now, we set the scene. Before the Nazis came to power, Berlin was one of the safer places for queer people in Europe. As discussed in previous articles, Berlin had developed a rich queer culture that embraced open-mindedness and knowledgeable study of queer lives. There were queer bars, clubs, societies, libraries, and so on. Despite the general atmosphere of safety, however, homosexuality between two people societally defined as men was still illegal under Paragraph 175. It is important to note that Paragraph 175 did not make romantic or sexual relationships between two people societally defined as women illegal. This is where many historical summaries of the lives of queer women in Germany stop, but it is not where history stops.

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Magnus Hirschfeld, the Founder

Magnus Hirschfeld, the Founder:

While the Institute was one of his most prestigious achievements, it is not his only one. As a doctor, Hirschfeld spent much of his life researching queer people and their lives, believing knowledge would be the bridge to equality. He was the first recorded person to run a scientific survey of queer people, and while some information he gathered has since been disproved or modified, he was still years ahead of his time.

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San Domino, Gay Island

San Domino, Gay Island:

We begin in Italy, 1938. Hitler is coming into power as is another man of great infamy: Benito Mussolini. Among many other things, one of Mussolini’s visions for Italy’s future was to present the country as being filled with ‘perfect’ men. The Mussolini of 1938 had built a clear image of the ‘perfect’ man: husband, father, soldier, and as traditionally masculine as possible. In his mind, gay men did not fit this ideal. He believed being gay was the same as being feminine, and most likely mislabeled other queer identities as gay, thus harming more of the queer community than he originally anticipated (though, if he had been aware of what he was doing, we’re certain he would’ve been pleased). So, among many other atrocities, he planned to eradicate gay men from Italy. What made this slightly complicated was that he wanted to do so without admitting their existence.  

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