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Tel Aviv Dedicates Monument to Gays Persecuted by Nazis

January 15, 2014 By:
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Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Victims Memorial, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Wikimedia Commons Photo

JERUSALEM — A monument to gays persecuted by the Nazis was dedicated in Tel Aviv, the first of its kind in Israel.

The monument is made up of a concrete pink triangle along with a bench and a plaque providing information on the persecution of gays during the Holocaust. Gays and lesbians were forced to wear an identifying pink triangle on their clothing in the same way that Jews were forced to wear a yellow star.

Tel Aviv Councilman Eran Lev, who is gay, initiated the project.

“The significance here is that we are recognizing that there were other victims of the Holocaust, not just Jews,” Lev said at the dedication on Jan. 10, according to the Associated Press.
 

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