Lesbians, gays visit Auschwitz, march in Krakow
May 10, 2004
WARSAW — Some 40 gays and lesbians from across Europe laid flowers in
front of the notorious "death bloc" at the former Nazi German
Auschwitz death camp Friday, as part of the ongoing Days of Gay and
Lesbian Culture for Tolerance in Poland, reports said.
Police arrest a protester against a march of gays and lesbians in Krakow May 2004|
Photo - AFP
"We want our visit to remind people that homosexuals also
perished in concentration camps," Samuel Nowak of the Krakow-based
Campaign Against Homophobia said, quoted by Poland's PAP news
The group also carried rainbow coloured flags, the
internationally recognized symbol of the homosexual rights
Twelve German homosexual men are on record as having been killed
in Auschwitz while records also show that at least 48 of it's
prisoners were homosexual.
Homosexuals were forced by the Nazis to wear pink triangles,
much in the same way as Jews were made to wear arm-bands with the
Star of David.
Upwards of 1.1 million people, mostly European Jews, perished in
Auschwitz, the most notorious of Nazi Germany's death camps. Poles,
Roma and Soviet soldiers were among the other victims.
Gays and Lesbians also marched through the nearby southern
Polish city of Krakow later Friday calling for the legalisation of
homosexual partnerships and respect for other rights for
homosexuals, Poland's TVN24 news channel reported.
A bill aimed according legal status to homosexual partnerships
similar but not identical to heterosexual marriages is expected to
be reviewed by the Polish parliament.
Members of far-right groups, among them the "All-Poland Youth",
ultra-nationalist sympathizers and what appeared to be unruly
football supporters opposed to the march distributed leaflets
calling for homosexuals to be "kicked out" of Krakow. – Sapa-DPA
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