WW2 homosexuals deported by nazis remembered in France
April 26, 2004
STRASBOURG — French gay and lesbian groups on Sunday laid a wreath here in
memory of Nazi victims who were deported to concentration camps for
The commemoration took place shortly after an official ceremony
in remembrance of all deportees, attended by local dignitaries and
representatives of an association of former camp inmates.
But only two local officials stayed on for the memorial to
Franz Marisa of the Strasbourg Festigays group said they had
been pressing for homosexuals to be recognised in the official
commemorations for years.
"Dialogue is progressing and our presence seems to annoy people
less and less, but it hurts us nonetheless to have to hold our
tribute without an official presence," he told AFP.
But a local official for the federation of deportees and camp
inmates said he did not understand why the homosexual groups were
"When we lay a wreath it is in the name of all deportees,
whatever the reason for their persecution," Francois Amoudruz said.
Gay and lesbian associations say just over 200 French were
deported by the Nazi regime because of their sexual orientation,
and that few survived. – Sapa-AFP
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