Branded by the Pink Triangle

Branded by the Pink Triangle

Book - 2013
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Before the rise of the Nazi party, Germany, especially Berlin, was one of the most tolerant places for homosexuals in the world. Activists such as Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein campaigned openly for the rights of gay men and women and tried to repeal the law against homosexuality. But that all changed when the Nazis came to power; existence for gay people became fear-filled. Raids, arrests, prison sentences and expulsions became the daily reality. When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews and any other groups the Nazis wanted to suppress.

The pink triangle sewn onto prison uniforms became the symbol of the persecution of homosexuals, a persecution that would continue for many years after the war. A mix of historical research, first-person accounts and individual stories brings this time to life for young readers. Stories of bravery in the face of inhuman cruelty, friendship found in the depths of despair in the camps and the perseverance of the human spirit will educate and inspire.
Publisher: Toronto : Second Story Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9781926920962
Branch Call Number: 940. 531808664 SET
Characteristics: 155 p. : ill., map, ports.
Alternative Title: Pink triangle


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Dec 06, 2015

A great quick read that opens your eyes.

Apr 25, 2015

A really fascinating and definitely important book. Not a very happy book, but it's presence helps contribute to a happy future for LGBTQA+ people, as it shows how bad things were in the past, both to ignite the flame in the already accepting to work harder to make it better, and to help show people who aren't so accepting that that lack of acceptance can have horrible outcomes. While it has details of the horrors of what happened in the lives of gay men during the 30s and 40s in Germany, it has glimmers of hope and love throughout.

Nov 24, 2014

Very readable, slim account of treatment of how the environment of Berlin changed for people who were gay, following the Nazi rise.

Nov 12, 2013

A brief (very brief) account of the treatment of gays by the Nazi's during their regime. Sadly, very little is known about this persecution because even after the fall of the Nazi's, being gay was still considered a crime. It wasn't until the 70's that men finally "came out" and told their story. Pretty heartbreaking at times.

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