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What about the brown (or pink…) triangles?

Posted on: 17 December 2008

Today, I finished reading a book called Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty.  This is novel is about the very real sufferings of a Romani (Gypsy) family during the Nazi Holocaust.  And it makes you think about how terrible this blight on our history is.  But why is it that when we remember these horrible events we forget those marked with the brown triangle, or those many others marked in different ways.  Yes, the sufferings of the Jews were terrible. But why is it that they get all the attentions and sympathies?  It is appalling the numbers of “others” that the Nazis determined had to be eliminated; the Gypsy, the queer, the Jehovah’s Witness, the communist, the pacifist, the mentally ill, the prostitutes.  It is actually the case that more of these individuals met their doom at the hands of the Third Reich than did the Jews.  So let’s all take some time to remember those whose only crime was to be different.

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