Gay rights activists pay tribute to Auschwitz dead

25th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2005, WARSAW - Fifty gay rights activists honoured victims of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz with prayers and floral tributes on Saturday at the camp's infamous Wall of Death where thousands of prisoners were executed, the Polish PAP news agency reported.

25 April 2005

WARSAW - Fifty gay rights activists honoured victims of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz with prayers and floral tributes on Saturday at the camp's infamous Wall of Death where thousands of prisoners were executed, the Polish PAP news agency reported.

Activists from Israel sang their national anthem. The group also walked through the former camp grounds carrying a rainbow-coloured flag, a symbol of both peace and the homosexual rights movement.

Persecuted by Nazi Germany, homosexuals were a tiny minority among the more than 1.1 million victims of Auschwitz, the largest death camp built by the Nazis during the World War Two.

According to the Polish State Auschwitz Museum, camp records identify 48 prisoners, all of them German, as homosexuals. Twelve of were killed. Nazis forced homosexual prisoners to wear pink triangles.

Established by Adolf Hitler in the occupied Polish town of Oswiecim in 1940, more than 1.1 million people, the vast majority of whom were European Jews, were killed at the camp, many asphyxiated in its notorious gas chambers.

It is now regarded as the most infamous symbol of the Holocaust and the Nazi's genocidal plan to annihilate European Jews. Ethnic Poles, Russian prisoners of war, and Roma people were also among the camp's victims.

Survivors of the camp were liberated by the Soviet Red Army on 27 January 1945.

DPA

Subject: German news

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