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Germany remembers gays persecuted by Nazis

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Germany has inaugurated a memorial to the thousands of homosexuals persecuted and killed by the Nazis. Hitler saw homosexuality as an aberration that threatened the master race, as many as 15,000 were deported to concentration camps and 50,00 convicted of criminal acts.

The designer Michael Elmgreen said: “For us it is quite important to have a direct imagery of a love scene, a passionate scene, an emotional scene between two same sex individuals. Because that is the main problem with homophobia, you can be accepted on an abstract level, but they don’t want to look at us.”

In 2002 the German parliament issued a formal pardon to those convicted by the Nazis. The memorial is situated in the capital’s Tiergarten park.