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

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Read The Men with the Pink Triangle: The True Life-and-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps Online Free - It has only been since the mid-1970s that any attention has been paid to the persecution and interment of gay men by the Nazis during the Third Reich. Since that time, books such as Richard Plant's The Pink Triangle (and Martin Sherman's play Bent) have illuminated this nearly lost history. Heinz Heger's first-person account, The Men with the Pink Triangle, was one of the first books on the topic and remains one of the most important.

In 1939, Heger, a Viennese university student, was arrested and sentenced to prison for being a "degenerate." Within weeks he was transported to Sachsenhausen, a concentration camp in East Germany, and forced to wear a pink triangle to show that his crime was homosexuality. He remained there, under horrific conditions, until the end of the war in 1945. The power of The Men with the Pink Triangle comes from Heger's sparse prose and his ability to recall--and communicate--the smallest resonant details. The pain and squalor of everyday camp life--the constant filth, the continuous presence of death, and the unimaginable cruelty of those in command--are all here. But Heger's story would be unbearable were it not for the simple courage he and others used to survive and, having survived, that he bore witness. This book is harrowing but necessary reading for everyone concerned about gay history, human rights, or social justice. --Michael Bronski

Title : The Men with the Pink Triangle: The True Life-and-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps
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ISBN : 1555830064
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 120 pages


Jack rated it ★★★★★

December 27, 2017

This is a tremendously important book. When people think of concentration camps, they think of millions of Jews being tortured and gassed. However, not many people think of the other victims of Hitler's sickening Führerland. This book tells the story of one of the other most loathed 'blemishes' o...

Red rated it ★★★★☆

April 16, 2011

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 mys...

Lou rated it ★★★★☆

November 21, 2017

“Muy poco se ha escrito sobre el hecho que junto con los millones de seres humanos que Hitler aniquiló cruelmente por motivos “raciales”, cientos de miles de personas fueron torturadas con sadismo hasta la muerte por el mero hecho de tener sentimientos homosexuales. Muy pocos han dado a conocer h...

george rated it ★★★☆☆

November 03, 2008

Horrifying. Simply horrifying is the best way to describe this book. Told by one of the few known homosexual surviors of Nazi concentration camps, and one of the even fewer brave enough to tell his story, this book details Heger's six years in a concentration camp. The abuse--physical, mental, an...

Kerry rated it ★★★★★

September 03, 2008

This book opened my eyes in so many ways. I'll be forever thankful to the girl that recommended it. I've read a lot of holocaust memoirs over the years, but none had ever so much as mentioned the atrocities committed against homosexuals. Like any book dealing with the holocaust, this book is a to...

Malamas rated it ★★★★☆

October 12, 2015

Μία ακόμα μαρτυρία για τις θηριωδίες το ναζισμού. Ένα ακόμα "Εάν αυτό είναι ο άνθρωπος". Είναι ένα από τα λίγα ντοκουμέντα, αν σκεφτεί κανείς ότι ακόμα και μετά η ομοφυλοφιλία διωκόταν ή στην καλύτερη στιγματιζόταν όποιος το δήλωνε. Ευτυχώς υπήρξαν και αυτοί οι άνθρωποι που με το θάρρος τους και...

patrycja rated it ★★★☆☆

July 04, 2017

Mam nieco mieszane uczucia co do tej książki. Jest niewątpliwie ważnym świadectwem, a jeszcze ważniejsze jest to, że w końcu ukazała się w Polsce. Jednak sam sposób opowieści wydawał mi się trochę pozbawiony emocji. Wszystko niby opowiedziane jest dość szczegółowo, ale narracja jest nieco emocjon...

Alian345 rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2012

This is an account of one young gay man's experiences at the hands of the Nazis. It is quite factual but if you read between the lines the horror jumps out at you. There is an appalling account of the murder of one young gay man at the hands of 2 Nazi officers which will remain with me forever. M...

Amanda rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 18, 2015

En viktig bok om en del av andra världskriget som jag inte hade en aning om. Tyvärr var den ändå ganska dålig, tråkigt skriven. Vill höra mer om känslor och tankar men får istället ett händelseförlopp, "då var det såhär och sen var det såhär och efter det hände det här", vilket gör att boken blir...

LectoraEstherica rated it ★★★★☆

July 01, 2015

Está contada de forma objetiva, así que no nos atormentará el corazón...demasiado. Muy interesante, nos desvela cosas sobre los campos de concentración de las que apenas se ha hablado. Mi vídeo reseña:

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