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Monument to honor homosexual Holocaust victims

First Israeli monument honoring tens of thousands of homosexual Holocaust victims to be erected in Tel Aviv park

Reuven Weiss
Published: 05.01.08, 13:03 / Israel Culture

A monument honoring the homosexual men and women who were persecuted due to their sexual orientation and perished during the Holocaust is to be established in Meir Garden in Tel Aviv, according to Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai


A quarter of a million homosexuals were persecuted during the Holocaust, and tens of thousands were murdered because the Nazi Party believed their sexual preference to be deviant. In the concentration camps in which they were imprisoned, gay men were forced to wear a pink triangle while lesbian women wore a black patch.

A sketch of the proposed monument (Imaging by Filmind)


Plans for the monument's erection were initiated by Itai Pinkas, one of the homosexual community leaders and a member of the Tel Aviv Municipality City Council, who serves as the mayor's advisor in matters of the gay community.


The monument is to be the first in Israel to commemorate these victims, though four of its kind exist worldwide, in Sydney, Copenhagen, Berlin, and Amsterdam. It has been designed as an iron triangle, on which the victims' names are to be inscribed.


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