murasakinoryuu
murasakinoryuu:

unitedinourdifferences:



JANUARY 27 is INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY. What is important to remember and so OFTEN overlooked is that the HOLOCAUST happened to more than just the Jews. In addition to the six million people of the Jewish faith that were BRUTALLY murdered…those considered gypsies, mentally or physically handicapped and ALL KNOWN HOMOSEXUALS were sent to the camps. That’s right…the gays. The upside down pink triangle so commonly known as a symbol of gay rights was once the most dreaded symbol in the camps. If you were forced to wear the pink triangle..not only were you beaten and sexually assaulted by the Nazi guards..you were also prey to everyone else in the camp. Sadly, some of the homosexuals that came out of the camps described being beaten, shunned and spit on by heterosexual prisoners. The pink triangle was considered the lowest of the low. Some gays begged for the Jewish Yellow Star instead. In addition, those that actually survived the camps were promptly imprisoned in most of the countries where they were released because at the time many places still criminalized homosexuality. We often hear people say, NEVER AGAIN in regards to the HOLOCAUST…and yet whereas we have moved past the day and age where people of other faiths can credibly and without repercussion say negative things about the Jewish faith and it’s followers…it is still acceptable to many Americans to call homosexuals horrible names, to allow gay youth to be bullied in the name of religion and to march around proclaiming you are a Christian while brandishing a GOD HATES FAGS sign. The Jews were blamed by the Nazis for the decline of the German civilization, thus it was easy for Hitler to convince the general Christian population to become complicit in rounding up the entire Jewish population and shipping them off. Fundamentalist Christians blame homosexuals for the decline of American civilization and frequently call for rounding up homosexuals for the good of society. The fight is not over…it has just begun. Until it is UNACCEPTABLE and ILLEGAL for anyone to discriminate against homosexuals..until EQUALITY in the workplace, marriage and the community is the LAW of the land and we as a country leave behind the belief that human rights can be legislated…then gays and lesbians (and their allies) everywhere must be constantly vigilant. Left to the fundamentalists and the right wing….it COULD happen again. In REMEMBRANCE OF THE MILLIONS THAT DIED because of their faith, their creed, their color and THEIR SEXUALITY. Will Kolb 1/27/2013


 



To put this in perspective, here are more of the larger categories of people killed, tortured, sterilized or otherwise harshly persecuted in the Holocaust.
Did some quick online research, paraphrased as notes, numbers aren’t listed but each victim and group is important.
"11 million people were killed during nazi reign over germany. 5 million non jewish victims.
Reasons: Political dissidents, the disabled (considered subhuman), racial (considered subhuman)
General groups: Jewish, Romani (Gypsies), Polish, Ukranians and people of other slavic countries, Jehova’s Witnesses, some catholics, some protestants, smaller faith groups such as Bah’ai (Nazi’s created their own state church, Reich Church), Political dissidents and clergy, homosexuals, transgender people, mixed race children (such as german x african children), interracial couples (again, white x african), miscellaneous “other” people that were considered unfit for society, such as prostitutes and drifters.
Basically anyone who didn’t belong to the “master” race and didn’t fit their criteria of personhood or humanity.”
Back to the original topic: Gays, transgender, and lesbians definitely were persecuted. Prior to WW2, in Berlin, homosexuality was generally tolerated, as much as it could have been in the 1920s western world. There were places for gays to openly meet, homosexuality was the topic of books, magazine articles, and movies. Hitler even raked the ranks of his army and officers for homosexuals and threw them into prison or sentenced them.
“According to many survivor accounts, homosexuals were among the most abused groups in the camps…. Guards ridiculed and beat homosexual prisoners upon arrival, often separating them from other inmates. Rudolf Hoess, commandant of Auschwitz, wrote in his memoirs that homosexuals were segregated in order to prevent homosexuality from spreading to other inmates and guards." (Persecution of homosexuals in the third reich, US Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia.) According to this same page, homosexuals were often abused physically and sexually by other inmates and guards, sterilized, castrated, and killed whenever guards or officials felt like doing so. 

I wonder if the idea that ‘homosexuality is a disease that can spread’ came from Nazi ideals of this period. This idea is often cited by anti-gay advocates today.
In response to holocaust deny-ers: detailed records of victims and survivors and accounts were taken during this time period. There is no excuse.
Again, this is not to diminish other victims and survivors, but to share my findings as to what happened to this specific group during the Holocaust.
Sources:
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/homo.html
http://en.auschwitz.org/h/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=3
http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/people/victims.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_victims#Non-Europeans
It is important to spread as much information about our past so this stuff NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN in any other shape or form.
-MNR

murasakinoryuu:

unitedinourdifferences:

JANUARY 27 is INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY. What is important to remember and so OFTEN overlooked is that the HOLOCAUST happened to more than just the Jews. In addition to the six million people of the Jewish faith that were BRUTALLY murdered…those considered gypsies, mentally or physically handicapped and ALL KNOWN HOMOSEXUALS were sent to the camps. That’s right…the gays. The upside down pink triangle so commonly known as a symbol of gay rights was once the most dreaded symbol in the camps. If you were forced to wear the pink triangle..not only were you beaten and sexually assaulted by the Nazi guards..you were also prey to everyone else in the camp. Sadly, some of the homosexuals that came out of the camps described being beaten, shunned and spit on by heterosexual prisoners. The pink triangle was considered the lowest of the low. Some gays begged for the Jewish Yellow Star instead. In addition, those that actually survived the camps were promptly imprisoned in most of the countries where they were released because at the time many places still criminalized homosexuality. We often hear people say, NEVER AGAIN in regards to the HOLOCAUST…and yet whereas we have moved past the day and age where people of other faiths can credibly and without repercussion say negative things about the Jewish faith and it’s followers…it is still acceptable to many Americans to call homosexuals horrible names, to allow gay youth to be bullied in the name of religion and to march around proclaiming you are a Christian while brandishing a GOD HATES FAGS sign. The Jews were blamed by the Nazis for the decline of the German civilization, thus it was easy for Hitler to convince the general Christian population to become complicit in rounding up the entire Jewish population and shipping them off. Fundamentalist Christians blame homosexuals for the decline of American civilization and frequently call for rounding up homosexuals for the good of society. The fight is not over…it has just begun. Until it is UNACCEPTABLE and ILLEGAL for anyone to discriminate against homosexuals..until EQUALITY in the workplace, marriage and the community is the LAW of the land and we as a country leave behind the belief that human rights can be legislated…then gays and lesbians (and their allies) everywhere must be constantly vigilant. Left to the fundamentalists and the right wing….it COULD happen again. In REMEMBRANCE OF THE MILLIONS THAT DIED because of their faith, their creed, their color and THEIR SEXUALITY. Will Kolb 1/27/2013
 

To put this in perspective, here are more of the larger categories of people killed, tortured, sterilized or otherwise harshly persecuted in the Holocaust.

Did some quick online research, paraphrased as notes, numbers aren’t listed but each victim and group is important.

"11 million people were killed during nazi reign over germany. 5 million non jewish victims.

Reasons: Political dissidents, the disabled (considered subhuman), racial (considered subhuman)

General groups: Jewish, Romani (Gypsies), Polish, Ukranians and people of other slavic countries, Jehova’s Witnesses, some catholics, some protestants, smaller faith groups such as Bah’ai (Nazi’s created their own state church, Reich Church), Political dissidents and clergy, homosexuals, transgender people, mixed race children (such as german x african children), interracial couples (again, white x african), miscellaneous “other” people that were considered unfit for society, such as prostitutes and drifters.

Basically anyone who didn’t belong to the “master” race and didn’t fit their criteria of personhood or humanity.”

Back to the original topic: Gays, transgender, and lesbians definitely were persecuted. Prior to WW2, in Berlin, homosexuality was generally tolerated, as much as it could have been in the 1920s western world. There were places for gays to openly meet, homosexuality was the topic of books, magazine articles, and movies. Hitler even raked the ranks of his army and officers for homosexuals and threw them into prison or sentenced them.

According to many survivor accounts, homosexuals were among the most abused groups in the camps…. Guards ridiculed and beat homosexual prisoners upon arrival, often separating them from other inmates. Rudolf Hoess, commandant of Auschwitz, wrote in his memoirs that homosexuals were segregated in order to prevent homosexuality from spreading to other inmates and guards." (Persecution of homosexuals in the third reich, US Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia.) According to this same page, homosexuals were often abused physically and sexually by other inmates and guards, sterilized, castrated, and killed whenever guards or officials felt like doing so. 

I wonder if the idea that ‘homosexuality is a disease that can spread’ came from Nazi ideals of this period. This idea is often cited by anti-gay advocates today.

In response to holocaust deny-ers: detailed records of victims and survivors and accounts were taken during this time period. There is no excuse.

Again, this is not to diminish other victims and survivors, but to share my findings as to what happened to this specific group during the Holocaust.

Sources:

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/homo.html

http://en.auschwitz.org/h/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=3

http://fcit.usf.edu/holocaust/people/victims.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_victims#Non-Europeans

It is important to spread as much information about our past so this stuff NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN in any other shape or form.

-MNR