Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime, Berlin

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Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime brings to light an oft-forgotten aspect of the Nazi regime's rule. Homosexual victims of World War II in Germany were not recognized until the 1980s--long after the end of the war. This memorial, which opened to the public in 2008, is an intriguing cube with a small window, designed by artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Peer through the window to see a film of two men kissing, a tribute to those tormented and outlawed by the Nazi government. Take a look at our Berlin family vacation planner to schedule your visit to Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Great place - combine it with a walk through Tuergarten. Recommend to see it. It's right next to Brandenburg gate and the parliament  more »
  • The memorial is quietly tucked inside the Tiergarten, just opposite the Jewish memorial. It comprises of a single concrete stele in the same manner as the Jewish memorial. Inside there should be a sho...  more »
  • When you talk about the nazi genocide, the main and unfortunate protagonist is, rightly, the Jewish people. Perhaps being the most documented, the most reflected in books and movies, who suffered with more cruelty and hardness death, the separation of families, the pain... But diving a bit in all this rough and often hidden chapter in contemporary history, we find that there were victims who is not reminded of so vehemently in the history books. Communist collaborators, Gypsies, political traitors... the list is endless. But there is a group who not only suffered persecution, death and torture during the nazi regime, but that has done throughout the history of the world. Homosexuals were victims hidden Nazism, those that no one wanted to talk because within the party itself had much to cover. Tens of thousands were taken to the gas chamber and were used to experiment on sexual behaviour. Subjected to electric shock, they top them parts of the brain where believed was his "sexual inversion", is forced to confess to crimes they had not committed and were finally tortured them and eliminated. In 2008 it was decided that it was time to honor his memory, and in a corner of the Tiergarten Park are today a solitary cube of solid concrete of 4 metres high which houses a screen protected by a gruaso glass that tireless projected a scene about a kiss between two men. A bit brief, impersonal, simple and for those who don't know history up to dispensable. But there it is, reminding people who were murdered and tortured for the sake of love and be loved by someone of the same sex. So hard, as well easy. As the same monument.
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