Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington

There is no shortage of books about the brutality and harsh conditions that prisoners in concentration camps suffered during World War II. However, a topic that is much less well covered is how gay men (lesbians were not subject to much of the same treatment) were target and imprisoned during this time period. Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington details what life was like for homosexual men not only during the war, but also what life was like for them (specifically in Germany) before and after the war.

Setterington tells the stories of real men and the horrors they suffered during the war and the stigma and shame they carried from being a pink triangle prisoner after the war. These prisoners were treated criminals after the war and it wasn't until 2001 that the German government formally apologized and included them in restitution previously given to other Concentration Camp victims; many of the men who survived the camps did not live long enough to see this.


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