Branded by the Pink Triangle

Branded by the Pink Triangle

by Ken Setterington


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Before the rise of the Nazi party, Germany, especially Berlin, was one of the most tolerant places for homosexuals in the world. Activists such as Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein campaigned openly for the rights of gay men and women and tried to repeal the law against homosexuality. But that all changed when the Nazis came to power; existence for gay people became fear-filled. Raids, arrests, prison sentences and expulsions became the daily reality. When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews and any other groups the Nazis wanted to suppress.

The pink triangle sewn onto prison uniforms became the symbol of the persecution of homosexuals, a persecution that would continue for many years after the war. A mix of historical research, first-person accounts and individual stories brings this time to life for young readers. Stories of bravery in the face of inhuman cruelty, friendship found in the depths of despair in the camps and the perseverance of the human spirit will educate and inspire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781926920962
Publisher: Second Story Press
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Pages: 196
Sales rank: 397,474
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ken Setterington is a retired librarian, a storyteller, an author and a children's-book reviewer. He was named the first Children and Youth Advocate for Library Services for the Toronto Public Library. He received the title Librarian of the Year from the Ontario Library Association and won the prestigious Toronto Arts Award for Writing and Publishing. An active storyteller, he has published retellings of The Snow Queen and The Wild Swans. He is the author of the picture book Mom and Mum are Getting Married! He lives with his partner in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Chapter 1 Berlin - Homosexual Capital of Europe 3

Chapter 2 The Rise of the Nazis 9

Chapter 3 The Gay Life Is Over 25

Chapter 4 The Master Race - The Nazi Plan to Rid Germany of the Inferior 37

Chapter 5 Death through Work - Imprisonment in the Concentration Camps 55

Chapter 6 Nazis in Occupied Territories 75

Chapter 7 Jewish Homosexuals 81

Chapter 8 Aftermath 91

Chapter 9 Recognition at Last 97

Chapter 10 The Survivors 103

Conclusion: It Gets Better 113

Afterword 119

Acknowledgments 121

Appendix Timeline 123

Bibliography 133

Notes 137

Index 143

Photo Credits 153

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