“Memorial sites are important symbols of our German responsibility for the crimes of National Socialism and its victims. At the same time, they are visible signs of the present to resolutely oppose everyday discrimination against minorities,” says Uwe Neumärker, Director of the Stiftung Denkmal.
For fourteen years, the Federal Republic of Germany has been commemorating the more than 50,000 people convicted under §175 between 1933 and 1945 with the Monument to the Homosexuals Persecuted under National Socialism. Several thousand gays were trafficked to concentration camps because of their homosexuality. A large number of them died due to starvation or disease, from abuse or targeted murder.
The monument was designed by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, built by decision of the German Bundestag and is located in the Tiergarten. The film shown is by the Israeli artist Yael Bartana.