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Israel to honour gay Holocaust victims with first monument

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  1. How very timely. I trust Putin will be invited to the unveiling …?

  2. Fine.

    I’d prefer if Israel pulled all the illegal Jewish settlements out of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

    If they won’t do that then it should dismantle the Apartheid regime in the illegally occupied Palestinian territories and give full rights and citizenship to all Palestinians they rule over.

    1. Totally agree with SteveC

    2. This isn’t about the whole Israel / Palestine thang

      This is about remembering the men who were cleansed from existence and exposed to the most burtal treatment imaginable

      Total de-humanization to the point the other prisoners used you as a scapegoat as well, you were the guards target practice, you were totally isolated and worthless. You worked the hardest, yet you got the worst.

      & the ones who were liberated! Well they just got slammed in another prison! They were not “liberated”

      Israel has done a good thing here by acknowledging the boys that are too often forgotten

  3. Very, very late.
    Almost an afterthought.

    1. de Villiers 23 Aug 2013, 8:31pm

      la trahison n’est qu’une question de temps

    2. This will be the first and only memorial site in Israel to mention the victims of the Nazis who were persecuted for anything other than being Jewish,” – Lev told Haaretz.

      Not quite an after thought !

  4. I am glad that they are doing this but it should have happened far earlier. Too many people think the Nazis only persecuted Jews and not gays and bisexuals. Also, I have arguing with some homophobes/biphobics who think it is funny to use that photo! If more people were aware of the fact of how the Nazis treated gays/bisexuals so inhumanely (despite many top-ranking Nazis being gay/bisexual) then perhaps people like this would think a bit more about their prejudice and it would hopefully make them more tolerant.

  5. Israel, the only country in the middle east to recognise that LGBT people are not criminals who should be put in prison, tortured or executed.

    1. Indeed. Whatever else Israel is guilty of in the eyes of the world, they can at least point to the fact they are relatively humane and tolerant with respect to their LGBT population compared to the utter wickedness and barbarity shown by the muslim countries in that part of the world. Countries like Iran are beneath contempt.

    2. Totally agree!

  6. Helge Vladimir Tiller 23 Aug 2013, 6:19pm

    Thank you so very much, Israel ! Better late than never.

  7. There has always been so much resistance from certain Jewish groups to acknowledge the suffering of Gays during the holocaust. Despite being late, this is a very welcome development and timely gesture.

  8. 70 years too late…..

    1. de Villiers 23 Aug 2013, 8:32pm

      So you would prefer not to have it?

  9. At last.

  10. Ricky Kendall 24 Aug 2013, 7:53pm

    I have spoken with many Jewish people who didn’t even know what the pink triangle was about. This should help bring more dimension to the tragedy for those who don’t have all the information. I’m very happy they are doing this. Hopefully it will never happen again to anyone or any group of people.

  11. GILLIAN STOVER 26 Aug 2013, 4:27pm

    ’bout time..

  12. Will it mention that the allies sent the gay men to other prisons to serve out their sentences when the camps were liberated? How about investigating the reports that many of them were shot by the allies?

    It’s a good start but the whole story needs to be told.

  13. postopgirl 29 Aug 2013, 3:44pm

    and transsexuals/gender variant people the Nazis forced them to wear male clothes and and wear the pink triangle

  14. Michael Bedwell 14 Dec 2013, 9:29pm

    PLEASE stop using the misnomer “gay Holocaust.” As horrible as the treatment of gay men by the Nazis could be there was NO planned extermination as there was of Jews and gypsies. While many died in the camps from abuse and the rare overt murder, the Reich believed gays could be “cured,” and some were released after having sex with camp prostitutes. Distortion of our history is just as bad as attempts to ignore or erase it. Thank you.

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