Germany Remembers Gay Holocaust Victims

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    BERLIN (AP) ― Germany unveiled a memorial Tuesday to the Nazis' long-ignored gay victims, a monument that also aims to address ongoing discrimination by confronting visitors with an image of a same-sex couple kissing.

    The memorial-a sloping gray concrete slab on the edge of Berlin's Tiergarten park-echoes the vast field of smaller slabs that make up Germany's memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust, opened three years ago just across the road.

    The pavilion-sized slab includes a small window where visitors can view a video clip of two men kissing.

    Berlin's openly gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit, said the monument was a reminder of the ongoing struggles that still confront gays.

    "This memorial is important from two points of view-to commemorate the victims, but also to make clear that even today, after we have achieved so much in terms of equal treatment, discrimination still exists daily," Wowereit said as he inaugurated the memorial alongside Culture Minister Bernd Neumann.

    Nazi Germany declared homosexuality a threat to the German race and convicted some 50,000 homosexuals as criminals. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 gay men were deported to concentration camps, where few survived.

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    What's next!!

    A memorial for rapists or child molesters who were holocaust victims?? :cuckoo:
     
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    How about a lesson in humility and pushing shit a bit too far?
     

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