The Pink Triangle

January 27, 2012 By Shaun Osburn

Pink Triangle Concentration Camp

The story of the genocide of millions of jews is one that we know, but many of us have never heard the story of how Hitler deliberately targeted and killed known or suspected gay people.

Nazi concentration badges were part of an identification system in Nazi camps. The badges, primarily triangles, were used to identify the reasons prisoners had been placed there. The Pink Triangle was sewn into the jacket of over 50,000 men between 1933 and 1944.

Originally intended as a badge of shame, marking prisoners in these camps for certain death, the pink triangle has been reclaimed as an international symbol in the LGBT equality movement.

Today, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we honor the lives lost generations before us. We continue to fight so that injustices like these are never forgotten. And, thanks to inclusive legislation like the FAIR Education Act, we can teach about the past with the hope that History will never repeat itself.

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2 Responses to “The Pink Triangle”

February 02, 2012 at 12:33 am, Rick said: Looking at this photo makes me sick at my stomach. How sad that there are still many people who would happily place us in this position again. When will the hatred stop and sanity rule emotions?

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March 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm, anon said: Jehovah's witnesses were also victims of the holocaust, they had to wear the purple triangle.

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