International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27:
Pictured above: A pink triangle (rosa winkel in German) memorial plaque at Buchenwald concentration camp is one of three in Germany dedicated to LGBT prisoners and victims who perished during the Holocaust. Stones are left on the marker as a sign of respect and a way to honor the memory of the deceased.
Wednesday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the date the United Nations has chosen to commemorate victims of the Holocaust during World War II. Six million Jews were murdered by Germany’s Nazi regime, along with 5 million non-Jews who were killed.
The anniversary, marked each year since 2005, falls on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in Poland by the Russian army in 1945.
via World marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Remembering the gay victims of the Holocaust
In collective memory, gay victims of the camps have long been neglected, but in the past few years memorialization has begun to recognize gay suffering.
via Remembering the gay victims of the Holocaust | Slate.
20 years after the genocide in Rwanda, these perpetrators and survivors are standing for forgiveness.
via Portraits of Reconciliation | The New York Times
“The only sadnesses that are dangerous and unhealthy are the ones that we carry around in public in order to drown them out with the noise; like diseases that are treated superficially and foolishly, they just withdraw and after a short interval break out again all the more terribly; and gather inside us and are life, are life that is unlived, rejected, lost, life that we can die of.”
Letters to a Young Poet
The Nazis interned some homosexuals in concentration camps immediately after the seizure of power in January 1933. Those interned came from all areas of German society, and often had only the cause of their imprisonment in common. Some homosexuals were interned under other categories by mistake, and the Nazis purposefully miscategorized some political prisoners as homosexuals. Prisoners marked by pink triangles to signify homosexuality were treated harshly in the camps. According to many survivor accounts, homosexuals were among the most abused groups in the camps.
via Persecution of Homosexuals in the Third Reich | US Holocaust Museum