Branded by the Pink Triangle

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Second Story Press, 2013 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 155 pages
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Before the rise of the Nazi party, Germany, especially Berlin, was one of the most tolerant places for homosexuals in the world. Activists such as Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein campaigned openly for the rights of gay men and women and tried to repeal the law against homosexuality. But that all changed when the Nazis came to power; existence for gay people became fear-filled. Raids, arrests, prison sentences and expulsions became the daily reality. When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews and any other groups the Nazis wanted to suppress.

The pink triangle sewn onto prison uniforms became the symbol of the persecution of homosexuals, a persecution that would continue for many years after the war. A mix of historical research, first-person accounts and individual stories brings this time to life for young readers. Stories of bravery in the face of inhuman cruelty, friendship found in the depths of despair in the camps and the perseverance of the human spirit will educate and inspire.

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User Review  - Sylvia McNicoll - Goodreads

An important non-fiction narrative on the persecution of gays during World War II and beyond. Excellent writing makes a difficult subject captivating as well as easy to read. Hoping parents will read and share with their tweens. Read full review

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User Review  - Doreen - Goodreads

Hitler wanted to eliminate the Jews and all others who were perceived roadblocks in building a pure Aryan race. Homosexuals, Roma and Sinti (gypsies), the physically and/or mentally handicapped ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Ken Setterington is a storyteller, author, children’s book reviewer, and a librarian. He was the first Children and Youth Advocate for Library Services for the Toronto Public Library. He has been on the award committee for the Newbery, Caldecott and Sibert awards. The author of the ground-breaking picture book Mom and Mum are Getting Married!, Ken lives with his partner in Toronto.

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