Major Monument to Gay Holocaust Victims Unveiled Today in Berlin

A monument remembering gays persecuted by the Nazi regime was unveiled in preparation for a ceremony today in Berlin which was presided over by Germany’s federal commissioner for culture, Bernd Neumann, and openly gay Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit.

Below, Neumann and Wowereit peer into the monument.

The monument consists of a 3.6 meter-high, 1.9 meter-wide pillar containing a small window through which can be seen a one and a half minute film loop of two men kissing, directed by the Danish director Thomas Vinterberg. Vinterberg directed the 1998 film The Celebration.

A still from the film loop is below.

And here’s another shot of the monument, which sits half a block from the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin’s Tiergarten Park, across from the Jewish Holocaust memorial.

According to Deustche Welle, “Originally it was debated whether homosexuals should be included in the larger memorial before the decision was made to give homosexuals their own monument. But the design corresponds to the Holocaust Memorial’s field of steles, a series of concrete blocks of varying sizes. While the Nazi persecution of the Jews is well known, for many years there was little public acknowledgement of Nazi atrocities towards homosexuals. Estimates put the number of homosexuals arrested by Nazis at about 54,000 with 7,000 being killed in concentration camps. ‘It is not easy for a gay man to live in this country and this society. It’s important to remember that this society punished homosexuality for 20 years after National Socialism ended,’ said Günter Dworek of the Federation of Gays and Lesbians in Germany (LSVD), a driving force behind the project.”

The monument was designed by Berlin-based Norwegian-Danish artist duo Ingar Dragset and Michael Elmgreen (below).

Gay nursing home to open in Berlin

The city’s gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit, has backed the project from start to finish. The four-floor facility is built to accommodate 28 residents in its high-tech rooms with private bathrooms.

“When you’re old, you certainly don’t want to give up your identity and live in some hostile environment, possibly sharing a room with someone who despises you,” said Christian Hamm, an architect and board member of the new nursing home.

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Clean outdoor sessions

One of the places gay drag the most famous Berlin is undoubtedly the Tiergarten park. Tomorrow, many volunteers will visit the park menu gloves and sacs-poubelles to a large household in the bushes.

The authorities require users to drag this place to be more careful after the sexual acts. Their request goes further by asking to dredge responsible. According Maneo, association Berlin against homophobic violence, it is regularly used condoms and condoms paper.