The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals

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Henry Holt and Company, Feb 15, 1988 - History - 257 pages
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This is the first comprehensive book in English on the fate of the homosexuals in Nazi Germany. The author, a German refugee, examines the climate and conditions that gave rise to a vicious campaign against Germany’s gays, as directed by Himmler and his SS--persecution that resulted in tens of thousands of arrests and thousands of deaths.

In this Nazi crusade, homosexual prisoners were confined to death camps where, forced to wear pink triangles, they constituted the lowest rung in the camp hierarchy. The horror of camp life is described through diaries, previously untranslated documents, and interviews with and letters from survivors, revealing how the anti-homosexual campaign was conducted, the crackpot homophobic fantasies that fueled it, the men who made it possible, and those who were its victims, this chilling book sheds light on a corner of twentieth-century history that has been hidden in the shadows much too long.

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User Review  - Natina El - Goodreads

A little rushed , but I'm glad it wasn't as vulgar as other camp stories . I learned a few things ...and believe now more than ever that history is an ever repeating cycle. Maybe a few differences but foundations stay the same Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

This book is very factual on the gay and lesbians during the holocaust. It is very interesting to read if you are unfamiliar with what they went through Read full review

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About the author (1988)

Richard Plant was born in Frankfurt and was a graduate of the University of Basel, where he earned his Ph.D. Since emigrating to the United States in 1938, he has contributed numerous articles to many publications, and teaches at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

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