Berlin’s Gay Holocaust Almost There

The Nazi’s gay victims are getting all sorts of (much-needed) attention these days.

Last week we passed on word
that Tel Aviv will erect a memorial for the Holocaust’s homo targets. Now, after over a year of waiting, Berlin will soon unveil its constructive commemoration:

It takes the form of a gray concrete slab, with a window to allow visitors to view a video. It cost 600,000 euros (£450,000).

There will be two alternated videos which show either two men kissing or two women kissing.

Originally, the plan was for a video of just two men, but that proposal drew heavy criticism from people who claimed that lesbians were being excluded.

The memorial was developed at the southern edge of the Tiergaten after Danish-Norwegian artistic duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset won the artistic competition.

Those of you interested in the horrors of gay life under the regime should check out I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual, a Frenchman’s memoir of his experience in (and out) of concentration camps. It’s not for the faint of heart, but should be read by everyone.

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