New Nazi victims' monument opens in Berlin
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
A new memorial opened in Berlin on Tuesday in honor of homosexual victims of the Nazis. The monument also aims to address the discrimination towards and social stigma surrounding homosexuality in today's society by confronting visitors with an image of a same-sex couple kissing.
homosexuality a deviation that threatened 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.declared
Berlin Mayorstated that he regrets the lengthy time it took to honor the Nazis' gay victims.
The federal government financed the €600,000 building costs, while Berlin's city government provided the site.
Germany has allowed gay couples to become registered partners at registry offices since 2001, however the law falls short of permitting formal marriage. Berlin has a large gay community, as do other major German cities such as Hamburg and Munich.,
- Geir Moulson. "Berlin memorial honors Nazis' gay victims" — , May 28, 2008
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