Monday, March 17, 2008

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals

There is a traveling exhibit at the University of Rhode Island until March 29 which chronicles the Nazis' arrests and persecution of tens of thousands of gay men from 1933 to 1945:

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I.—In Nazi Germany, some gay men were castrated and prosecuted by the Gestapo under draconian laws prohibiting homosexuality. Others were subjected to crude medical experiments designed to "correct" their sexual orientation. Gay men in concentration camps were singled out with distinctive pink triangle badges and assigned backbreaking labor that often killed them.

I don't expect anyone from MassResistance or their small legion of followers will head down to URI to catch this exhibit because they still believe that gay people were not victims of the Nazi's terror, in fact, they blame gay people for the atrocities that were committed on the Jews.

The exhibit was put together by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and has been traveling around the country for the past five years.

About 100,000 German men were arrested under a sweeping anti-gay law, and roughly half were convicted and sent to prison, according to the exhibit. Between 5,000 and 15,000 were sent to concentration camps, where many died from
starvation, beatings, exhaustion and murder.

The Nazis regarded gay men as a socially deviant subclass whose sexual preference threatened the elite and masculine Aryan race they sought to establish. A diagram included in the exhibit likens homosexuality to a contagious infection that could be
spread among men by seduction.

Wow, reread that last paragraph and then scan through the past postings on the MassResistance blog, eerily familiar don't you thing?

URI appears to be the closest place to view this exhibit since it is not scheduled to be in Boston anytime soon.

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