January 10, 2014
Tel Aviv joins Amsterdam, Berlin, San Francisco and Sydney to memorialize gay and lesbian Nazi Holocaust victims with a monument.
Tel Aviv has become the first Israeli city to unveil a memorial in honour of gay and lesbian victims of the Nazi Holocaust.
The monument in the centre of the city is designed around a pink triangle – the symbol gay prisoners were forced to wear in the concentration camps.
As many as 15,000 homosexuals were killed in the Nazi camps.
Writing on the monument in English, Hebrew and German reads: “In memory of those persecuted by the Nazi regime for their sexual orientation and gender identity.”
It is the first Holocaust memorial in Israel that deals with both Jewish and non-Jewish victims alike, according to local reports.
“In addition to the extermination of Europe’s Jews, the Nazis committed many atrocities, in an attempt to destroy anyone who was considered different,” said Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.
The monument, unveiled on Friday, will stand outside the Municipal LGBT Community Centre in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park (Gan Meir).
Hitler’s Nazis branded homosexuality an aberration threatening their perception of Germans as the master race, and the Gestapo kept a special register of around 100,000 gay people.
תודה לך, ישראל. שלום!