In commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day I want to bring the heritage spotlight onto the Holocaust memorials around the world which specifically remember the gay victims of Nazi persecution.
In the 1980s, when the Berlin Wall came down and the country became a unified nation once more,
began to reassess its position in international politics and acknowledge its past role in world history. The most painful memory to address was the persecution of many sections of society during the Holocaust. Germany
At first many people, particularly in
, believed that all physical evidence of the Holocaust should be destroyed because the memory of it was horrific enough. But it became apparent that preserving the old Nazi concentration camps was the only effective way to keep the horrors in people’s minds, especially as testimonies of living memory diminished with time. Many memorials were erected to the Jewish victims. As other groups persecuted by the Nazis began to realise their own losses in the Holocaust they too erected monuments. Germany
Gay victims are remembered around the world. I have divided them into three geographical groups, and list them chronologically. If you want to know a bit more about them go to this website where there are more details and photographs.
1984 Mauthausen concentration camp.
concentration camp. Dachau
1985 Neuengamme concentration camp.
Buchenwald concentration camp.
1992 Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
1994 Frankfurt-am-Main, in Platz Schäfergasse.
, Wallraf-Richarts-Museum. Cologne
, in the Tiergarten. Berlin
, in Westermarkt. Amsterdam, Netherlands
, in the gardens of Villa Cassarini. Bologna, Italy
, in Koninginnegracht. The Hague, Netherlands
, near Metro Piramide. Rome, Italy
, at Risiera San Sabba, an Italian concentration camp. Trieste, Italy
, at the Holocaust Centre. Nottinghamshire, UK
. Saint Malo, France
, Barcelona, Spain . Cuitadella Park
Group 3 THE WORLD
, in the municipal cemetery. Achorage, Alaska, USA
, in the San Francisco, USA . Pink Triangle Park
. Palm Springs, Florida, USA
, in Sydney, Australia . Green Park
, in the grounds of Winnipeg, Canada . Manitoba Legislative Building
currently has a travelling exhibition called “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945”. It ends its occupancy at the Compass Community Centre at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum , Lake Worth , today. It moves to the Miller Nichols Library at the Palm Beach County, Florida , which will host the exhibition from 6th February to 10th April. For more information go here. University of Missouri