Birmingham LGBT is to deliver a ‘Pink Triangle’ floral tribute to Birmingham’s Holocaust Memorial Day event, at the prestigious Birmingham Town Hall.
The floral tribute is a mark of remembrance for the LGBT people who were persecuted by Nazi regime in Germany before and during World War Two. During the Nazi period up to 100,000 gay men & women were persecuted & imprisoned for their sexuality under Paragraph 175 of the German Penal code. About 15,000 were sent to concentration camps where, forced to wear the ‘pink triangle’, as many as 60% lost their lives.
Commenting David Viney, Birmingham LGBT Health & Wellbeing Manager states, “We feel it is important that gay and lesbian victims of these appalling crimes against humanity are remembered too. The holocaust and subsequent genocides are some of the blackest chapters in human history and it’s vital we all remember where bigotry, discrimination and oppression can all too often lead.”
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for us to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur.
The Birmingham Holocaust Memorial event takes place at Birmingham Town Hall on Sunday 22 January from 2pm-4pm (doors open 1.30pm).The theme from the Holocaust Memorial Trust for 2012 is Speak Up, Speak Out.