Triangles: Pink and Black

reclaiming the triangles in the 1970s to 1990s,

until Aids ribbonsOriginally shared by Nina K Tryggvason ABSTRACT: This article explores the politics of “reclamation.” Its focus is on pink and black triangles, currently used as symbols for gay and lesbian pride and liberation. Previously, these same identifiers were worn by those destined for annihilation during the Holocaust. I suggest that, in [re]claiming these markers, activists, however well intentioned, run a path dangerously close to historical denial.

Triangles and Tribulations: The Politics of Nazi Symbols | The Holocaust History - A People's and Survivor History -

Triangles and Tribulations: The Politics of Nazi Symbols | The Holocaust History – A People’s and Survivor History –

the gay pink triangle  #LestWeForget triangle – Wikipedia


the lesbian black triangle. Lest We Forget triangle (badge) – Wikipedia

Lest We Forget and #LestWeForget

because this was certainly rarely if ever taught in schools

or that, when the allied armies arrived, the pink and black triangles were not automatically released as everyone else was. gay or lesbian under Nazi rule

because there is no denial, Germany documented, and IBM helped. of Nazi concentration camps – Wikipedia Persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust - Wikipedia

Persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust – Wikipedia

from the article:

The idea of a prison camp – specifically Auschwitz, in Oświęcim, Poland – where Hitler’s soldiers would shoot, hang, poison, mutilate and starve men, women and children en mass was not an idea Hitler, the bigot, came up with on his own. In fact, the Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer John Toland wrote that Hitler was inspired in part by the Indian reservation system – a creation of the United States.

“Hitler’s concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history,” Toland wrote in his book, Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography. “He admired the camps for Boer prisoners in South Africa and for the Indians in the wild west; and often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America’s extermination—by starvation and uneven combat—of the red savages who could not be tamed by captivity.” Said to Have Been Inspired by US Indian Reservation System – IndianCountryToday.comnewsmaven.ioShared publicly

From the 2015 article:

And at the centre of all this, the practice of seizing aboriginal children permanently and usually unwillingly from their parents, placing them in state custody, and subjecting them to the forced labour and isolation of residential “schools” – the subject of this week’s monumental Truth and Reconciliation Commission report – reached its peak at the very end of the 1950s and continued in significant numbers through the 1970s (the last residential school didn’t close until 1996). Almost a third of aboriginal Canadians – 150,000 people – were raised, without access to their families, in these institutions (which were by any normal definition not educational but penal).

In other words, this is not about acts of vanished generations: A very significant proportion of still-living indigenous Canadians were personal victims of these abuses; the effects of such deprivation will last many generations, and may have only begun.

This is about modern Canada. And it is about a crime that carries the word “genocide.” schools, reserves and Canada’s crime against humanity

Haunting Photos Of History's First Concentration Camps, 40 Years Before The Holocaust
many contend that history’s first concentration camps were built in South Africa, 41 years before the Holocaust began. These camps were built by British soldiers amid the Boer War, during which the British rounded up Dutch Boers and native South Africans and locked them into cramped camps where they died off by the thousands. This is where the word “concentration camp” was first used – in British camps that systematically imprisoned more than 115,000 people and saw at least 25,000 of them killed off. In fact, more men, women, and children died of starvation and disease in these camps than did men actually fighting in the Second Boer War of 1899 to 1902, a territorial struggle in South Africa. Photos Of History’s First Concentration Camps, 40 Years Before The Holocaust

from 2011

Rudolf Brazda, the last known survivor of the thousands of men who were sent to Nazi concentration camps because of their homosexuality and died last week at age 98, was buried Monday near his home in Mulhouse, in eastern France. gay survivor of Nazi concentration camps dies | DW | 08.08.2011



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1 Response to Triangles: Pink and Black

  1. dykewriter says:

    The Armchair Spaceman
    that wasn’t easy to read.
    ”gott mit uns” huh?
    fuckin’ nazi filth.

    Nina K Tryggvason
    nope, I read mein kampf in high school and my grade 12 teacher let me watch an hour long documentary about the nazi party purging their party of gays after they got power that the rest of the class was not shown. I also met two nazi camp survivors when I was 18 at a ubc conference, and have met residential school survivors too.

    The Armchair Spaceman
    I met an old Polish guy who’d been interred for ”deviancy” he told me about his lover.. so i knew about the neutering, but he never went in to detail, he was slightly mad and went off in a polish ramble, staring at the ground, and shivering.
    i imagine he was re-living it.
    one of many reasons i grew up despising any anti-gay attitudes.

    Nina K Tryggvason
    sounds like ptsd, indeed.


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