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The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals Paperback – February 15, 1988
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“A powerful and painful account.” ―Martin Gilbert, author of The Holocaust
“A valuable contribution . . . the lesson that The Pink Triangle elicits from the Holocaust is the realization that we are still haunted by the specters of the Third Reich.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“A strong book, not easy to put down . . . Mr. Plant writes convincingly, keeps clear of sentiment, and lays bare a particularly fearful corner of mid-twentieth century inhumanity.” ―The Economist
About the Author
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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Reichsfuhrer SS, Heinrich Himmler considered homosexuals, "as useless as hens which don't lay eggs." They were socio-sexual propagation misfits." He prescribed the death penalty for any SS member guilty of homosexual actions. Homosexuality was to be diagnosed as a contagious disease. Felix Kersten, a Finish physiotherapist who had serves as Himmler's personal physician and confidant, told Himmler: "homosexuality is often a medical problem, related to glandular malfunction (a contemporary version of contemporary German psychiatry)" Himmler retorted: "We must exterminate these people root and branch. Just think how many children will never be born because of this." To permit homosexuality to flourish, the German nation would be weakened.Read more ›
What had struck me this time while reading it was how little things have changed. The author had written back then how little is said about the plight of people who were branded homosexual, and it seems that this is still a subject rarely broached today in books written about World War II. While there is a handful of books written about this subject, it obviously comes no where close to the amount of material written about the atrocities committed against the Jews, gypsies, clericals, and Jehovah Witnesses. These atrocities at the hands of the SS and other police agencies were horrific and widespread in all captured Nazi territories. No one seemed to come to the defense of homosexuals, not even their families. This was a tragedy to read about.
While this is a complex social issue to this day, it seems that society has forgotten the people who suffered horribly, and the subject needs more indepth coverage then this rather brief book. This is a good start, but I am sure there are many stories that are yet to be told. The fact that the author could only find a few poeple that would speak on the record about what they experienced, (with changed names), speaks volumes about how homosexuallity was viewed in the post war period.Read more ›
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Read and you should know why my title. So long to be heard and still need for the world to change.Published 1 month ago by audibleuser
Very great book! I was thinking to do a film about this topic! If you want to make a donation for the film, you can use this link. Appreciate your help! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Natalia Ghilascu
I read this back in '91, and bought a copy on ebay recently. It's just as I remember.
Part of this is a first hand account by a guy that was a young man when his father... Read more
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I felt that it left me with little more insight than before reading it, Richard does make the point that there is not a lot of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Mcloughlin
Revisionist history. In fact the Nazi High Command were homosexuals themselves seeing as Germany had the highest rate of homosexuality in the world at the time. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Richard Plant would have been very useful to Josef Goebbels, the Nazi Propaganda Minister. This man is either a bold faced liar or a woefully lazy researcher. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Charles R. Bissell