Thursday, January 27, 2011

Holocaust Remembrance Day

"Arbeit Macht Frei" -- "Work Sets You Free"

These words marked the entrance to the notorious concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland.  The camp was liberated by Soviet troops on Jan. 27, 1945, and today the date is marked as Holocaust Remembrance Day.

For those who might not remember, the Nazi's arrested and eventually exterminated millions of prisoners.  Best estimates are as follows:

5.1–6.0 million Jews, including 3.0–3.5 million Polish Jews
1.8 –1.9 million Gentile Poles
200,000–800,000 Roma & Sinti
200,000–300,000 people with disabilities
10,000–25,000 homosexual men
2,000 Jehovah's Witnesses

Gay men were marked with a pink triangle, now a symbol of gay liberation.  

It's a good time to remember this horror and make sure it never happens again.

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