A 600 000 euro concrete memorial has been inaugurated in Germany, to honour the thousands of homosexuals that were persecuted by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.
Unveiled in Berlin, the monument (photo, from metronews.ca) is four-metre high and shows, through a window, a film of two men kissing.
Homosexuality has been branded by the Nazis as an aberration, threatening their perception of Germans as the master race. 55 000 gay men were deemed criminals.
And 15 000 of those were killed in concentration camps.
Among those who survived, very few ever received compensation from post-war German governments, for the persecution they suffered.
Inaugurated by Berlin’s gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit, and Germany’s Culture Minister, Bernd Neumann, the monument is close to the one for the six million victims of the Holocaust.
According to Mr Wowereit it was typical of post-war Germany that the victims had not been honoured until now.
“This is symptomatic for a society… that did not abolish unjust verdicts, but partially continued to implement them; a society which did not acknowledge a group of people as victims, only because they chose another way of life” he said.