Tel Aviv Honors LGBT Holocaust Victims
On Friday a new movement was unveiled in Tel Aviv, honoring the estimated 15,000 members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community that were sent to concentration camps because of their sexual orientation under the Nazi regime.
In concentration camps, homosexuals were required to wear a pink triangle, so the same symbol will be used in the movement, featuring texts in Hebrew, English and German.
According to the Third Reich, homosexuality was a felony. An anti-homosexual unit was formed by The Gestapo with almost 100,000 names of people allegedly part of the LGBT community. It’s estimated that 15,000 of those people were sent to concentration camps in which experiments were preformed to cure their homosexuality.
“This movement reminds us all how important it is for us to respect every human being,” Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai said in a statement. “It is only natural that such a reminder will exist in Tel Aviv-Yafo – a city that warmly embraces all groups and minorities.”
“In addition to the extermination of Europe’s Jews, the Nazis committed many atrocities, in an attempt to destroy anyone who was considered different,” said Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.