Tel Aviv is moving forward with a monument recognizing the tens of thousands of gay men persecuted and murdered by the Nazis during World War II.
The memorial will be in verdant Meir Park (pictured), in the center of the cosmopolitan city. A pink triangle, like those worn by gay men in European concentration camps, will symbolize the atrocities, while a bench and memorial plaque will be added.
“This will be the first and only memorial site in Israel to mention the victims of the Nazis who were persecuted for anything other than being Jewish,” Eran Lev, an attorney who proposed the memorial, told media. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a monument, but a place — a place of quiet that will invite visitors to sit, contemplate, reflect, and be in solitude.”
Other cities with memorials honoring gay victims of the Holocaust include Berlin, San Francisco, and Amsterdam.
A projected image of the memorial in the park (by Moria Sekely, Landscape Architecture)