Paragraph 175

Paragraph 175

1477439_10152417953452306_1475091734_nWhen the Nazi concentration camps were liberated  it was the end of horrendous persecution  for the tens of thousands of people still in the camps. But not for those prisoners  wearing the pink triangle  – the Nazis’ way of marking and identifying homosexuals who were re-imprisoned to serve out the rest of their sentence. This was due to the German law  known as “Paragraph 175” which criminalized homosexuality.

In 1945, after the concentration camps were liberated, some homosexual prisoners were recalled to custody to serve out their two-year sentence under Paragraph 175.  In 1950, East Germany abolished Nazi amendments to Paragraph 175, whereas West Germany kept them and even had them confirmed by its Constitutional Court.

About 100,000 men were implicated in legal proceedings from 1945 to 1969, and about 50,000 were convicted. Some individuals accused under Paragraph 175 committed suicide. In 1969, the government eased Paragraph 175 by providing for an age of consent of 21.

This takes a little thinking about to place in an appropriate perspective.

Prisoners liberated from concentration camps were then re-imprisoned.

Here’s a Youtube video

And here the Wiki Page on Patagraph 175.

And the page on the Pink Triangle.