Holocaust Memorial Day – but not for us?

Posted by on 26 Jan, 2013 in LGBT History | 0 comments

Holocaust Memorial Day – but not for us?

Holocaust Memorial Day is today, 27th January, and when media like BBC News report that the day is to remember the “millions of people, mostly Jews” … who were killed in concentration camps, let us also remember the countless numbers of gay and lesbian people who are casually passed over via this “mostly” phrase.

Holocaust Memory Day is a national event in the United Kingdom dedicated to the remembrance of the victims of The Holocaust (cited from Wikipedia).

Yet, in case it’s forgotten that we were part of the “and others” phrase also used the news media today, let us today spare a thought for our LGBT brothers & sisters who were persecuted, tortured, and killed because their sexuality didn’t fit into a dictator’s promoted-view of what constituted an Aryan Race.

Let us be careful not to confuse the past with today, though.  Our current-day brothers and sisters are not those people then who blindly followed rules of execution.

But let us not forget the many deceased gay and lesbian people of the Holocaust who are as much a part of today’s memorial as any other group of people.

Lest we forget.

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