Last “Pink Triangle” Holocaust Survivor Dies At 98

Rudolf BrazdaReports Agence France-Presse via the Raw Story:

Rudolf Brazda, last known survivor of the so-called “Pink Triangles” — gays interned in Nazi camps because of their homosexuality — died in France Wednesday aged 98, officials said. “Rudolf passed on peacefully in his sleep at dawn on August 3″ at an old people’s hospital in Bantzenheim, eastern France, said Philippe Couillet, a friend and associate of the deceased.

Brazda, born in 1913, was sent to the Buchenwald concentration camp in August 1942 and reamined there until it was liberated by US troops in 1945. After the war he moved to Alsace, the eastern French region that borders Germany, and lived there until his death. He was awarded France’s Legion of Honour in April this year.

Tens of thousands of people were convicted under Nazi Germany’s laws that made homosexual acts a crime. Those who were sent to concentration camps had to wear a pink triangle on their prison clothes that identified them as homosexual.

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  • Pasteypete

    Heil Designersz

  • Pasteypete

    Heil Designersz

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Rest in peace dude…we’ll try not to let that madness happen twice.

    • SF2K01

      Too late. It happened many times before, it’s happened a few times since, and there are people who are ready to do it again. It keeps happening, not because we don’t remember, but because we don’t stop the people who look up to the ideology that created the holocaust out of fear of repercussion or love of money.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Rest in peace dude…we’ll try not to let that madness happen twice.

  • Anonymous

    Too late. It happened many times before, it’s happened a few times since, and there are people who are ready to do it again. It keeps happening, not because we don’t remember, but because we don’t stop the people who look up to the ideology that created the holocaust out of fear of repercussion or love of money.

  • neurolux

    It’s bittersweet that at least he lived to see gay rights, and even gay marriage, begin to become mainstream.

  • neurolux

    It’s bittersweet that at least he lived to see gay rights, and even gay marriage, begin to become mainstream.

    • Tuna Ghost

      Bittersweet?  I think it’s pretty awesome, actually.  I plan on living long enough to see the gay marriage legalized and the end, or at least the mainstream mockery, of “pray away the gay” camps that Mr. “I’m-so-in-the-closet-I’m-finding-Christmas-presents” Bachmann likes so much.  

      …Huh.  I guess I should stop the drinking and the drugs, then.

  • ArgosyJones

    Men like him died so we could have Mackintosh.

  • ArgosyJones

    Men like him died so we could have Mackintosh.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Bittersweet?  I think it’s pretty awesome, actually.  I plan on living long enough to see the gay marriage legalized and the end, or at least the mainstream mockery, of “pray away the gay” camps that Mr. “I’m-so-in-the-closet-I’m-finding-Christmas-presents” Bachmann likes so much.  

    …Huh.  I guess I should stop the drinking and the drugs, then.

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