- August 23, 2013
Israel announced plans this week to build a monument to honor gay Holocaust victims. The monument will be the first of its kind in the country.
The monument will feature a concrete pink triangle, which is the symbol the Nazis used to identify gay people. There are memorials featuring this symbol in Berlin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Sydney and San Francisco, according to Salon.com.
Attorney Eran Lev first conceived of the idea, and its location in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park is significant.
“One of the first restrictions the Nazis imposed on the Jews was against going to public parks. We’re bringing that memory back into the public space. It’s very moving,” he told Haaretz.
“This will be the first and only memorial site in Israel to mention the victims of the Nazis who were persecuted for anything other than being Jewish,” Lev said.
During the Holocaust, more than 100,000 men were arrested under a law targeting gay people, and about 50,000 served prison terms. An unknown number were sent to mental hospitals. As many as 15,000 were sent to concentration camps, where many died, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.