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Mężczyźni z różowym trójkątem
The Men with the Pink Triangle

Author(s): Hainz Heger
Subject(s): Political history, Social history, History of Judaism, Interwar Period (1920 - 1939), WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), History of Antisemitism
Published by: Ośrodek KARTA
Keywords: Nazism; Second Reich; concentration camp; homosexual; Section 175; pink triangle; persecution; homosexuals; prisoners; Germany; World War II
Summary/Abstract: Memoirs of a former inmate of Nazi concentration camps who was persecuted for his homosexual orientation. Memoirs of Heinz Heger (pen name of Josef Kohout) are considered unique not only because of breaking a taboo but also because of the description of the suffering of that group of victims which was persecuted also after World War II. Section 175 survived in the GDR and FRG until the end of the 1960s. The “extension” of persecution blocked the struggle of former inmates for compensation and the status of a group of victims. Heger started to be persecuted in 1939 with his imprisonment. In 1940, he was moved to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Less than six months later – to KL Flossenbürg, where he was put to a “special” block, where inmates with the pink triangle were isolated. The man was liberated by the US Army during a death march from the Flossenbürg concentration camp to KL Dachau. The book, an account by Heinz Heger titled Die Männer mit dem rosa Winkel, was published in Germany in 1972, in Great Britain in 1993, and in France in 2002.

  • Page Count: 161
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: Polish