Liberation for others
After the many years of ongoing persecution and Nazi terror, the freedom dreams of many concentration camp prisoners finally came true when, in 1944, the liberation began.
Liberation for others
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.
Anti-gay pastor Scott Lively will stand trial in federal court for crimes against humanity. He has tried for months to have the case dismissed on First Amendment grounds, but the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has denied his last petition for dismissal. He’s going to court.
Lively, who lives in Springfield, Massachusetts, is a 57-year-old author, attorney, pastor, and anti-gay activist. (He would call himself a “pro-family” activist.) In 1992, he helped pass America’s first anti-gay legislation, a short-lived ordinance banning any support of homosexuality in Springfield, Oregon. He then co-wrote The Pink Swastika, a book that posits homosexuals “as the true inventors of Nazism.” In 1997, he founded Abiding Truth Ministries, apparently “the first Christian organization devoted exclusively to opposing homosexuality.” For more than 20 years, he has been fighting what he perceives to be a gay agenda trying to destroy society.
While Lively is relatively unknown in the United States, he enjoys many supporters overseas, including religious and political leaders in Eastern Europe and Africa. “The most important thing I have learned in my long career fighting for biblical values,” he wrote in 2013, “is that worldview dictates policy.”
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.