Tel Aviv dedicates monument to gays persecuted by Nazis

A monument to gays persecuted by the Nazis was dedicated in Meir Park, near the Tel Aviv Gay and Lesbian Association Center.

The monument, the first of its kind in Israel, is composed of a concrete pink triangle and a plaque with information on the persecution of gays and lesbians during the Holocaust. Gays and lesbians were forced to wear an identifying pink triangle on their clothing in the same way that Jews were forced to wear a yellow star.

Tel Aviv Councilman Eran Lev, who is gay, initiated the project.

“The significance here is that we are recognizing that there were other victims of the Holocaust, not just Jews,” Lev said at the dedication on Jan. 10, according to the Associated Press.

Memorials to the gay victims of Nazi persecution exist in San Francisco, Berlin, Amsterdam and Sydney. — jta