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Persecution of gay men poster

Why would these men have been persecuted? What was Paragraph 175? What did the pink triangle symbolise?

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Persecution of gay men notes

Teaching notes on the content and usage of the 'Persecution of gay men' section of the resource, together with advice on the pedagogical challenges and conceptual issues it raises.

Little is known about this photograph other than that it was taken in Berlin in 1926, evidently in a photographic studio. Nonetheless, as with the case of Richard Grune on the postcard, it hints at the relative tolerance of the German capital in the 1920s where, despite the existence of punitive laws, at least some gay men felt that they did not have to hide their sexuality.

photo © Schwules Museum, Berlin/United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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