The Nazis tolerated gays. Then everything changed - Holocaust Remembrance Day - elochka-nadym.ru
While male homosexuality remained illegal in Weimar Germany under Paragraph of the criminal code, German homosexual-rights activists became worldwide leaders in efforts to reform societal attitudes that condemned homosexuality. Many in Germany regarded the Weimar Republic's toleration of homosexuals as a sign of Germany's decadence. Nazi leaders posed as moral crusaders who wanted to stamp out the "vice" of homosexuality from Germany in order to help win the racial struggle. Once they took power in , Nazi officials intensified persecution of German male homosexuals. Persecution ranged from the dissolution of homosexual organizations to internment in concentration camps. Gay men were targeted for persecution because they did not contribute to the desired growth of the 'Aryan population' and were viewed as corrupting German values and culture.
How the Nazi Regime's Pink Triangle Symbol Was Repurposed for LGBTQ Pride
In this area, we will be generous beyond bounds. For many years, the fate of sexual minorities, and of homosexuals in particular, in Nazi Germany was not studied and the subject was not part of any public dialogue. I shall focus here on the history of gays, and of prostitutes as well, in Germany during the Third Reich. As will become apparent, my choice to discuss these two groups is not arbitrary, as their fates were intertwined.
W ith LGBTQ Pride Month beginning June 1 — a month chosen to honor the history of activism epitomized by the Stonewall Riots of June — celebrants around the world will be getting ready for parades and other tributes. Symbols such as the rainbow flag and the pink triangle will abound; for example, Nike has announced a new line of LGBTQ history-themed sneakers, including two that boast pink triangles. The brightly colored symbol is now often worn proudly, but it was born from a dark period in LGBTQ history and world history. The roots of the Nazi persecution of gay people are deep. And the fact that it was almost impossible to convict anyone unless he confessed to such a crime in court meant that police just kept a watchful eye on gay bars and events, and Germany ended up becoming home to a vibrant gay community.