Academic journal article English Journal

Branded by the Pink Triangle

Academic journal article English Journal

Branded by the Pink Triangle

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Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington

In 1939, the German army invaded Austria and began one of the most terrible periods in human history. In Branded by the Pink Triangle, Setterington's nonfiction text chronicles the capture and torture of homosexuals during World War II in Nazi Germany, a story that is all too often forgotten in classrooms. The author characterizes Berlin as "the Homosexual capital of Europe" in the 1930s. What happened to change that? The mission to create the "perfect" race. As Hitler's campaign continued, policies were put into place against people who could not help Germany achieve that goal. Homosexual men, in particular, were targeted because of their perceived inferiority in being able to produce strong German children who could fight in wars. Homosexual men were rounded up and in some cases given a choice-castration and enlistment in the German army, or concentration camps where many were tortured and worked to death.

It was in the camps that the Pink Triangle came to symbolize homosexuality. Why the Pink Triangle? No one knows, but homosexuals in the camps were forced to wear the triangle, as Jews were the yellow star. Setterington documents the stories, the tortures, and the policies of Nazi Germany.

These authors provide us with new characters, new voices, and history that is often forgotten. …

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