The Pink Triangle

by Richard Plant | Gay & Lesbian |
ISBN: 0805006001 Global Overview for this book
Registered by winghaahaahaa98wing of Watertown, Massachusetts USA on 7/21/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by winghaahaahaa98wing from Watertown, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
So good - important history that needs to be documented and thought through. To be released after reading.

Journal Entry 2 by winghaahaahaa98wing at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Friday, July 24, 2020

Released 8 mos ago (7/24/2020 UTC) at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases


The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against HomosexualsThe Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals by Richard Plant

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A powerful introduction to an underdiscussed topic. Details prevailing attitudes in Germany on homosexuality, starting with homophobic statute Paragraph 175 originating during the German unification of 1871; discussing Hitler's murder of SA head Ernst Roehm (who was himself gay), setting up the shift in the balance of power to the SS; and culminating in the violent persecution of gay men both in civil society, and inside the concentration camps.

Author Robert Plant spends significant time on Nazi chief architect Heinrich Himmler, and his rationale for persecution of homosexuals, including a desire to build an Aryan utopia out of essentially eugenicist policies that encourage procreation among men and women.

Plant also details the fraught relations that developed between guards, inmates who acted as go-betweens (who would sometimes proffer food or protection for gay inmates in exchange for sexual favors), and the prisoners.

Plant starts and ends with personal anecdotes of his own life journey: his socialist, Jewish doctor father's early release from prison and avoidance of more severe punishment that would occur during the Reich's later years; his emigration to university in Switzerland and eventually fleeing to the States; and his search for dear friends as part of his research on this history.

Though published in 1986, the text still maintains a sense of urgency and currency, and encourages the reader to investigate further research done on the topic since then. Bravo to Plant for this groundbreaking work.

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To be released as part of the "Color-in-the-Title" Bookbox Bookring/ray #1.

Journal Entry 3 by wingechodewing at Seattle, Washington USA on Thursday, August 06, 2020
My 1st of 2 choices out of the Color in the Title Bookbox

Journal Entry 4 by wingechodewing at Seattle, Washington USA on Friday, February 12, 2021
The text itself is a bit dry, but it does not make his plea for examining the minorities (namely homosexuals) enveloped by the Third Reich's Final Solution any less compelling. Even sadder was the persecution after WWII by the Allies, who pulled them out of concentration camps only to throw them into prisons for "time not served" since being gay was a crime.

Journal Entry 5 by wingechodewing at by mail, A swap -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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On its way to dicentragirl as a trade. Thx for offering up ur books ✌

Journal Entry 6 by dicentragirl at Leavenworth, Washington USA on Friday, February 26, 2021
Received in trade. Thank you!

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