The memorial of homosexuals persecuted in the Nazi era was vandalised tonight.
The memorial consists of a heavy piece of concrete with a monitor showing a film of two men kissing. Someone had crushed the monitor.
The next day, a sign informed the visitors that the film wasn’t showing correctly due to a “technical problem”. The message was signed by Stiftung Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas, the administration of the big Holocaust Memorial. That memorial was supposed to cover all groups murdered by the Nazis, but after protests it was decided it would only commemorate Jewish victims. That’s why the gays got their own memorial on the other side of the street, half covered by the bushes of Tiergarten (quite fitting I must admit) and apparently out of sight from the police officers who watch the Jews’ memorial 24/7.
I’m often critical of the gay movement and to the very idea of sexual identities. But I think it’s important to react against vile actions towards a certain group. The vandalising of the gay memorial is proof of its brilliant execution – two men kissing may be seen as lame by some, but is apparently enough to provoke violence.
Out of order.
Close-up on the technical problem.