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For the first time, the Bundestag commemorates the queer victims of National Socialism

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It is the first time that queer victims are the focus of the Holocaust Remembrance Day, which the Bundestag celebrates every year with an event on January 27th.

With a solemn hour of remembrance, the German Bundestag commemorated the Holocaust Remembrance Day of the victims of National Socialist persecution on Friday. For the first time, the focus was on persecuted homosexuals and other members of sexual minorities. This group of victims “had to fight for their recognition for a long time,” said Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (SPD) in her speech.

A sign against discrimination

Many homosexual men were sentenced to long prison terms during the Nazi era, forced to be sterilized and often murdered in concentration camps, Bas recalled. But “even lesbian women were by no means safe from persecution,” she added.

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