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Gay man who survived Nazi concentration camp dies aged 98

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  1. We must remember. And wear our pink triangles (although, as a lesbian, mine would have been black) from time to time in respect and to show that we won’t forget. While it might be nice to draw a line under history and say “never again”, we must still remember that there are still people who view us as lesser human beings and hate us just for who we happen to love. I am sorry that Mr Brazda did not live to see a world of tolerance and acceptance.

    1. I have a pink triangle tattooed onto the inside of my left wrist. I had it done to remind me of those who have gone before, and suffered for being who they are. It is my “poppy”.

      1. That’s a beautiful idea Gew. :)

        Also R.I.P to Rudolf.


      2. edwarddwoodjr 5 Aug 2011, 5:04pm

        I have a rainbow triangle tattooed on the back of my calf. The rainbow symbolizing hope; the triangle to not forget.

  2. paul canning 4 Aug 2011, 3:53pm

    Very sad but not unexpected. He was an amazing person who spent his last years despite ill health determined to tell the world his story.

    Lest we forget.

    1. Lest we forget and I will honour his memory along with all the others who suffered so terribly because of who they were.

  3. Rest In Peace, Rudolf, Rest In Peace!!

  4. RIP

    Lets see if we get any comments from the EDL/BNP commentators

  5. paul canning 4 Aug 2011, 4:05pm

    You can watch a video of Rudolf here.

    1. Thank you Paul for posting that link! Sadly with his passing the only living spokesperson to the era leaves only documented history as reference. Sad though his experiences were, he is one of the fortunate who lived to speak of atrocities few can imagine. Rudolf RIP

      1. Thank goodness though that we have that documented history, and we should all be grateful that he recorded it. Also fantastic that he was able to have such a long, and I hope contented, life after dealing with such hideous trauma in his earlier years.

      2. Ooer missus 5 Aug 2011, 4:52pm

        Yes, thanks for that link Paul. Such a nice old guy.

  6. Dr Robin Guthrie 4 Aug 2011, 4:08pm

    Did you read this MP Streeter, Lillian Ladele, Trevor Phillips et al and all you other bigots.

    You might just learn some humility.

  7. Dan Filson 4 Aug 2011, 4:08pm

    If you have not already seen it, I recommend to you Rob Epstein’s deeply moving film “Paragraph 175”:

  8. And meanwhile the death penalty remains for homosexuality in several countries (Uganda is currently trying to join this hideous club.) Countless more countries still criminalise homosexuality.

    Rudolf Brazda was a brave and lucky man. May he RIP.

    Meanwhile around the world today, his story is being repeated.

  9. Truly a strength of character to admire. To live his life openly, to go through all of that, then continue to live openly and then be punished again…

    I am glad he got to live a long life and I hope, a much happier one in his later years.

    Very moving

  10. It’s just hard to wrap your mind around such insanity and cruelty on such a large scale. I hope his story will not be forgotten. RIP. I hope he has finally found eternal peace.

  11. Rest in peace Mr Brazda – your courage and resilience will be your legacy.

  12. We should never ever forget what this man went through and about the horrors of the Holocaust. I still can’t believe humans can be so vile towards each other. Rest in Peace Mr Brazada, you’re an inspiration. I am so lucky to not have to go through what Mr Brazada went through.

  13. Rest in peace Mr Brazda.

  14. As I recal a book was written about Rudolf Brazda’s experiences. Not sure if it was translated into English though.

  15. You will not be forgotten and neither will any person in the LGBT Community who has died as a result of hate campaigns. We shall remember them. May the Lord our God keep you in His love always as your precious soul sours to heaven to be with Him.

    1. Your references to God are offensive considering that it is religion which usually causes hate campaigns. Do you remember the Scottish bishop who said that gays should not take part in remembrance ceremonies because they were criminals not victims not victims. please take your backward Christianity and shove it somewhere nasty.

      1. Please keep your bigoted remarks to yourself Londoner. It is prejudiced people like you that cause hate campaigns.

        1. Jamesh, well said.

      2. Just because some, so called, christians choose to be prejudiced towards the LGBT community, it does us no favours to assume that all people who claim this religion are of the same view. If that was the case, where does that leave gay ministers?

        You show a prejudice that is as bad as any shown by Ladele, Green or any of that ilk. Surely we should be trying to be better than that, rather than displaying their open hatred.

        In other words, let’s show them how to turn the other cheek.

      3. Ian Townson 5 Aug 2011, 8:56pm

        Londoner: Do take a breath and stop being so nasty. Wildseas gave a moving tribute to Rudolf Brazda and offered a personal prayer for his undoubted place in heaven. Have you no generosity of spirit on an occasion like this. After all, Wildses is on our side – not our enemy. By all means be critical of oppressive religious leaders but this was neither the time or place to do it.

  16. Xavier Héraud 5 Aug 2011, 9:09am

    According to his french friends, he died quietly in his sleep. His ashes will be buried next week in Mulhouse, France, next to those of his life-long partner Edouard (they stayed 50 years together),

  17. Jock S. Trap 5 Aug 2011, 9:49am

    A very sad day for all now that Rudolf Brazda has past but an important day for all to make sure we keep his memory alive forever.

    No-one should ever forget the atrocities.

    No-one should Ever forget Rudolf Brazda and the many before him as it is from these brave souls we have so much to learn from.

  18. Ooer missus 5 Aug 2011, 4:36pm

    A film of his life would be good to see. It’s interesting that he could be openly gay in 1913.

    1. (Ahem) He was born in 1913.

      1. Ooer missus 5 Aug 2011, 4:57pm

        Oops! Sadly no edit function here after we press add comment.

    2. Dan Filson 5 Aug 2011, 5:15pm

      See or get the film Paragraph 175. It covered the experiences of those in the concentration camps. I don’t recall if he was one those interviewed.

      1. paul canning 5 Aug 2011, 7:07pm

        He has been filmed and I understand that a documentary is planned. More here

  19. Rest well Rudolf and Edouard
    Here is one gay Christian who is grateful for your wonderful example of lives well lived.

  20. Rich (original) 6 Aug 2011, 12:43am

    Finally, paederast is dead and on his way to Hell!….

  21. Rich (original) 6 Aug 2011, 12:46am

    Looks like that German prisons were so good that this homosexual creature did not die in it…. Perhaps Gestapo was governed by some secret homosexual also….

    1. You know Rich, I was just waiting for you to comment on this, I really was. Your previous comments were just you being stupid. But that you could rejoice from the death of a holocaust victim. I mean really? You’re just such a hateful little creature. I really pity you.

      1. Ben Foster 6 Aug 2011, 8:16am

        Can this horrible comment not be removed? This thread was about paying respect to the dead until the troll butted in and sullied it.

    2. How do you sleep at night with thoughts like this? You’re a sicko!

  22. allma llama 7 Aug 2011, 8:47pm

    RIP Rudolf – you were already a gay legend, now you’re immortal within our history. x
    On a separate note never turn the other cheek to haters. In fact don’t flash your cheeks at all to them – never give a hater a free thrill.

  23. Hopefully in some 100 or 200 years from now we’ll hear similar stories from people from countries like Iran. It’s already been proved through history that hate can’t live long and that murderous governments always fall.

  24. Rest In Peace, to Rudolf and ALL the others.

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