The so-called pink triangle is a pink triangle that was used to mark gay prisoners in Nazi concentration camps.
The Pink Winkel is a symbol used by the National Socialists to mark the gay prisoners in the concentration camps. Another symbol of this time is the yellow star, which had to be worn by Jews.
The use of the corresponding symbols helped the Nazis to recognise at first glance why a prisoner was in the concentration camp.
Homosexuals were persecuted during the Third Reich. The corresponding laws were tightened even further under the Nazis. This meant that many gay men did not publicly admit their inclinations. If they were caught nevertheless, they were threatened with work in a concentration camp.
In the context of various events, including the popular CSD parades, the persecution of homosexuals during the Third Reich is remembered again and again. Many cities and museums have dedicated exhibitions to this dark age to commemorate the victims. Many gays were murdered during the Second World War.
However, many gay men, especially many artists, decided to flee before the outbreak of the Second World War. It was not uncommon for them to settle in the USA and start a new life here. After the Second World War, it took several decades before a larger, publicly active gay community had formed again. Those who had fled before the war began often did not return. The art and cultural scene also suffered from the flight of many gay men.