The Men with the Pink Triangle: The True Life-and-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps

The Men with the Pink Triangle: The True Life-and-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps


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ISBN-13: 9781555830069
Publisher: Alyson Books
Publication date: 10/01/1994
Edition description: REV
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)

About the Author

Heinz Heger was the pen name of the late Josef Kohaut, an Austrian survivor who died in 1994.

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The Men with the Pink Triangle: The True Life-and-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a compelling quick read. It is a fasinating story of a gay man in a Nazi concentration camp. Very interesting and educational. I read it in one night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
being gay myself, i love to read about the subject of homosexuality whether it be historic or modern writing. I picked up this book after seeing it on the i-net and read it in the hopes of it being a well written book...well, it was and i am completly floored at what happened to my people in the concentration camps! i think every one should read this title, whether you are gay or straight! simply amazing!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book moved me to tears several times and gave me nightmares about living in Auschwitz. This book should be required reading for any group studying Nazi persecution.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read 'The Men With the Pink Triangle' for a report I was doing on the subject, and it became one of my favorite books of all time. You are compelled by the authors accounts of torture, and can actually feel his pain. Truely a masterpiece. Evey member of the homosexual community should read it, and be proud of who they are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brought so many emotions to the surface for me. The author succeeds in bringing the reader first hand into one the the Nazi death camps and holds them there to bear witness to the horrors that occured. After reading this account, no one should dispute the Nazi persicution of homosexuals that occured throught the camps by the guards as well as other inmates.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Definately one of the best books on the subject I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Men with the Pink Triangle' is a powerful, provocative, and incredible story of one mans determination to survive the horrors that came with being a 'wearer of the pink triangle' in the Nazi Death Camps. The magnitutude of torture and dehumanizing that the author witnesses is heartbreaking as well as stomach turning. This book was created in hopes that history never repeats itself, and I applaud the author in his efforts.
schatzi on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This memoir of a man who was imprisoned in concentration camps simply because of his sexual orientation may be slim - only about 120 pages - but it packs a punch. The man's tale, first told in 1971 to Heinz Heger, is straightforward and to the point, addressing a forgotten group of people who were persecuted by the Nazis - and later, by those who rose to power after the Nazis were defeated. This is a fascinating look into a group that has so often been ignored by Holocaust historians. There are so few books that address the experiences of the homosexual concentration camp victims, and yet there were thousands of these "pink triangle" men in the camps. This is the only memoir I've ever read dealing with that group, and I found it mesmerizing.The "pink triangle" men were despised by their fellow prisoners; even the murderers and thieves viewed themselves as "morally superior" to the "degenerates" who had violated Paragraph 175 (the law against homosexuality). The man was repeatedly insulted and abused for his orientation (at one point being sexually assaulted by fellow prisoners on the way to a concentration camp). And this memoir adds a new dimension to concentration camp life, addressing sexuality and its fluidity in trying circumstances (many of the capos and other prisoners in positions in authority had male lovers, although they'd vehemently deny that they were gay).Of course, the man's struggle for equality didn't end once liberation came. He was still haunted by what he had witnessed and endured. His father had committed suicide in despair after his arrest. His promising career in academia had been permanently stalled by the six years he spent imprisoned. And, of course, gays were still acceptable targets to hate after the war; homosexuality wasn't even legal until 1971 in the man's native Austria.At the time this book was published, the man (who chose to remain anonymous here) still had received no remuneration from the German government by being imprisoned during the Holocaust. And why? Because he was homosexual, a "criminal" prisoner, and therefore entitled to nothing. Wow. I wonder if any gay prisoners received monetary payments for the suffering that they endured.I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Holocaust and/or gay history. It's a really remarkable slice of history, and it's a shame that there are so few memoirs available from "non-traditional" Holocaust victims.
redhaircrow on LibraryThing 22 days ago
This was a long-awaited read for me. It was a read I had to prepare myself for, before I could actually read it. I¿m a scholar of WW2 and Holocaust literature and have a large collection of material, but for a topic dealing even more closely with myself and being, I had to take time to ground myself.Whether you are just a passing person who might wish to learn about what homosexuals suffered in concentration camps (and there were fewer comparatively and earlier in the Nazi regime directly), or someone who is looking for a wider view of all inmates who were interred or murdered, this memoir can provide views into life in the camps, especially for certain populations. What is does beyond that is provide a glimpse into the ugly aspects of ¿male¿ life, and the unique, sexual brutality so-called ¿straight¿ men have perpetrated against homosexuals who¿ve expressed or more openly or innocently (depending on your perspective) their attraction and love of those of their own gender.I don¿t even know quite how to express it, but I literally was brought to the floor, unable to move, weeping, remembering how one can be forced to do things just to survive, and knowing the ones who forced you to debase yourself so horribly were so-called ¿straight¿ men who went/go home to their wives or girlfriends, who don¿t think twice about using someone. That is the perspective Heinz Heger lived and endured on top of the diabolical, sickly human mechanisms of the Nazis and those who benefited from their regime.I wanted to know more of his personal feelings when he described seeing thousands of prisoners of all kinds not just be ¿liquidated¿, but when he directly saw the evidence: the coursing of blood from trenches full of recently shot bodies instead of his only stating how the villagers near the camp complained of the local streams being tainted with blood, but I understand why his account involved only that. Sometimes you can only recount abstracts like that, because looking too directly into the memory will take you back, and you know, in your present life that you couldn¿t endure that.Not a ¿speciality¿ book. Not just for gays or other LTIIQ people. If you are going to read Holocaust books, include this one as well. Be aware and outraged that homosexuals were targeted and murdered just like other groups, just because they believed and lived a certain way¿.BUT the vast majority were NEVER compensated as were other survivors. They were pushed aside and discriminated against, and even had officials discount their memories, an even more debilitating experience than survivors whose stories were commiserated with. So in effect, these men were violated over and over, not just by perpetrators, but by those who supposedly were there to liberate and help them as they did other concentration camp inmates. They were discriminated against JUST like what continues against gays today in a variety of countries across the world.Original posted on my review site Flying With Red Haircrow, along with the article by Kurt Krickler.
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