Difference between revisions of "Homosexuals and the Holocaust"

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[[Gay rights]] activists claim that the Nazis targeted homosexuals during the [[holocaust]] in a way comparable to the [[Jewish]] population.  In fact, homosexuals were not exterminated as Jews were.
 
[[Gay rights]] activists claim that the Nazis targeted homosexuals during the [[holocaust]] in a way comparable to the [[Jewish]] population.  In fact, homosexuals were not exterminated as Jews were.
  
According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, "Nazi Germany did not seek to kill all homosexuals. . . [but] the Nazi state, through active persecution, attempted to terrorize German homosexuals into sexual and social conformity, leaving thousands dead and shattering the lives of many more".<ref name=USHMM>
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According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, "Nazi Germany did not seek to kill all homosexuals. . . [but] the Nazi state, through active persecution, attempted to terrorize German homosexuals into sexual and social conformity".<ref name=USHMM>
 
[http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/hsx/ United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945]</ref>
 
[http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/hsx/ United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945]</ref>
  

Revision as of 10:29, 12 November 2008

Gay rights activists claim that the Nazis targeted homosexuals during the holocaust in a way comparable to the Jewish population. In fact, homosexuals were not exterminated as Jews were.

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, "Nazi Germany did not seek to kill all homosexuals. . . [but] the Nazi state, through active persecution, attempted to terrorize German homosexuals into sexual and social conformity".[1]

During Germany's Third Reich, about 5,000 to 15,000 homosexual men were interned, out of an estimated population of one million.

Notes

  1. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945