Branded by the Pink Triangle

Branded by the Pink Triangle Before the rise of the Nazi party Germany especially Berlin was one of the most tolerant places for homosexuals in the world Activists including Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein campaigned openly

  • Title: Branded by the Pink Triangle
  • Author: Ken Setterington
  • ISBN: 9781926920962
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • Before the rise of the Nazi party, Germany, especially Berlin, was one of the most tolerant places for homosexuals in the world Activists, including Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein, campaigned openly for the rights of gay men and women, and tried to repeal the old existing law against homosexuality But all that would change when the Nazis came to power and existence forBefore the rise of the Nazi party, Germany, especially Berlin, was one of the most tolerant places for homosexuals in the world Activists, including Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein, campaigned openly for the rights of gay men and women, and tried to repeal the old existing law against homosexuality But all that would change when the Nazis came to power and existence for gay people turned into one of fear Raids, arrests, prison sentences and expulsions became the daily reality When the concentration camps were built, homosexuals were imprisoned along with Jews and any other groups the Nazis wanted to suppress The pink triangle, sewn onto prison uniforms, became the symbol of the persecution of homosexuals, a persecution that would continue for many years after the war A mix of historical research, first person accounts, and individual stories bring this time to life for readers Stories of bravery in the face of inhuman cruelty, friendship found in the depths of despair in the camps, and the perseverance of the human spirit will both educate and inspire.

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    • Sharon says:

      Setterington’s book provides a historic view of the shift in attitudes toward homosexuality in Germany prior to, during, and after Hitler’s rise to power. In spite of laws against homosexuality, Berlin, Germany at the beginning of the 20th century was home to a thriving and relatively open gay community. Setterington documents this relaxed social climate via photographs, posters, and publications, then proceeds to chronicle the shift in attitudes through the ensuing decade as the Nazi party [...]

    • Callum McLaughlin says:

      We all (rightfully) know about the persecution of Jews under Nazi rule, but the sorry secret of Germany's past that has been swept under the carpet for years is the horror that was also inflicted upon gay men. This book asks us to remember how they suffered.This is probably one of the best non-fiction books I've read, in that it's made accessible and very readable, so that it completely avoids the trap of feeling dull or dry, and yet without ever dumbing down its content. Setterington also cleve [...]

    • Joan says:

      This won the Stonewall Honor Award for 2014. This is a very important book. Gays were the forgotten victims, even more so than the Romany victims. I'm using the word Gay for a reason: The Nazis were focused on Gays because it meant they were not contributing to the next generation of Aryans for the Fatherland. This is the first work I have been aware of on this subject for Teens. Other books made allusions to this group of victims but this is the first I'm aware of where Homosexual persecution i [...]

    • Edward Sullivan says:

      A thoughtfully written, well researched account of how homosexuals(primarily men)were persecuted in Nazi Germany and the countries it occupied, and how they later were included in the Final Solution among the "inferiors" to be exterminated. Setterington effectively blends history with personal stories of victims and survivors. An important contribution to Holocaust literature.

    • Christine says:

      Older teens - interesting non-fiction on a little explored topic.

    • Dawn Currie-Adams says:

      This slim book is marketed as a teen book, and I initially bought it for my son to read. I'm glad I did because it details a part of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust that's been largely forgotten. Well, maybe not entirely forgotten. People these days seem to know that gay men (and it was largely gay or bi men, not women) were arrested, convicted, and sent to concentration camps, but that's about all they know. This little books neatly and clearly details the history and eventually, the horrors tho [...]

    • Gayle Francis Moffet says:

      As a primer of how queer* people were treated by the Nazi regime, this book gets the job done well. Setterington covers abuses against persons and against culture. He tells the stories of multiple men and the ways they suffered under paragraph 175 (lesbians were much less persecuted due to Nazis--like a lot of regimes--thinking men being queer was much worse than women being queer). It's not a long-form history book, nor should it be. It's a place to start in remembering and explaining a piece o [...]

    • Jackie Busch says:

      "Branded by The Pink Triangle" by Ken Setterington is 120 pages long. The book goes under the historical fiction genre. This book is a quick and easy read. It's also factual which makes it interesting.From the title you wouldn't really be able to know that this book is about. That's why I included the cover. As soon as I saw the cover I could tell this story is about the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. I had pervious knowledge that the pink triangle stood for homosexuals. I was immediately drawn to [...]

    • Sarika Patkotwar says:

      *This review was initially published at The Readdicts Book Blog. For more reviews, go here.Actual rating: 3.5When I first came across Branded by the Pink Triangle, I was very curious to know about the condition and situation of homosexuals during World War II because I never even gave it a thought. I always love reading about World War II because books based during that time are full of raw emotion and they shatter me. I also love reading LGBT books for more or less the same reason. So when I re [...]

    • Karyl says:

      One might think that gays have had to hide their sexuality throughout history, but that isn't quite true. Before the Nazis came to power, gay men and women in Germany were able to live their lives in relative peace, and even had their own clubs and caberets, especially in Berlin. Laws did exist that made homosexuality illegal, but gay people were rarely arrested or persecuted under those laws.Everything changed once the Nazis took over. Gay men were a threat to the Aryan ideal of racial purity; [...]

    • Gina says:

      One of the few books I've ever seen on this subject matter. There are many books written about the Jewish people who were persecuted during the Holocaust, the hidden children, the rescuers, the survivors, etc. These people were encouraged to tell their stories so the world would know. The homosexuals (as they were called during this time period), however, were branded not with the yellow star but with the pink triangle. Before WWII, Germany had many people living openly with their lifestyle choi [...]

    • Katie Levin says:

      Branded by the Pink TriangleBranded by the Pink Triangle is a very informative historical fiction book. Follows through the view of how homosexuals were treated in Berlin during this time period of Hitlers reign and the views and stereotypes that citizens had on them. Specifically, it highlights the pink triangle that was put on homosexuals’ clothes in the concentration camps during Hitler’s reign and accounts for many peoples stories. I enjoyed reading this short novel because I felt that I [...]

    • Barbara says:

      Much has been written about the atrocities of the Nazis during the Holocaust, but little has been written about the treatment of gay men during that time period. This book does an excellent job of describing the initial harassment of gay men by the Nazis as they tried to enforce an 1871 law, known as Paragraph 175, forbidding sexual contact between men. Eventually, anyone suspected as being homosexual was taken to a concentration camp and identified with a pink triangle worn of the clothing. The [...]

    • Penny Peck says:

      This concise and engaging chronicle of the persecution of gay men by the Nazi regime will be a great resource for middle and high schools. The author describes the attitude toward the LGBT community in the 1920's, which was relatively tolerant in Berlin especially, and how the Nazi regime took power and targeted gay men as well as Jews, Roma, the disabled, and Jehovah Witnesses. There are several b&w photos in each chapter, and a wealth of quotations from gay men who served the work camps. T [...]

    • Inge says:

      Jews were not the only ones persecuted and executed by the Nazis in World War II. Instead of a Star of David, homosexual men were marked with a pink triangle, which now stands as an international symbol for gay rights. Setterington even includes the experiences of lesbians, who weren't persecuted in equal numbers and sometimes even married gay men to save them from persecution. This is an undertold story, even for a person like me who knows quite a bit about the Holocaust. This is meticulously d [...]

    • Dakota Larsen says:

      This book was rather interesting. It is also very informative. When I saw it in the library window I assumed it was a story of one person suffering at the hands of the nazi regime, but really it's a story about the LGBTQ community suffering in general.I learned two things from this book I was unaware of before I opened it:1) That Berlin was, before the Nazi party came to power, kinda like the gay Capital city.2) And that not everyone was freed from prison camps when the war was over.(I won't exp [...]

    • Brooke says:

      Excellent read. Setterington tells just a few stories that may never have been told. Homosexuals were viewed as criminals and not victims of the Holocaust or Nazi Regime. Techinquelly speaking, they were criminals because homosexuality was illegal in Germany as well as the majority of countries. It has just been within the last 30 years that gays and lesbians have been recognized as victims. They were some of the first to be sent to work camps and concentration camps. This book gives a short but [...]

    • Katie says:

      I cannot recommend this book enough. It was filled with information and I learned so much about homosexuality during the Nazi reign. The book is easy to read and I would honestly recommend it for mature 12 year olds and up. I learned so much about homosexuality during the Nazi reign. Something to remember: Paragraph 175 (which made homosexuality illegal in Germany) wasn’t repealed until 1969. Homosexuals were treated as criminals and forced to live out their jail sentences even after concentra [...]

    • Yasi says:

      A very concise yet thorough book about the persecution of gay men during the Nazi regime (1933-1945). I found that the most use of this book is in its personal accounts of men who were arrested under Paragraph 175 and lived to tell the tale. A lot of light was shed upon how homosexuality was treated under the Nazi regime, but the author remains unbiased towards the harsh treatment of the queer community after the Second World War as well. Very good starting point for research, but the book does [...]

    • Erikka says:

      This was a sad and enlightening read. I knew about the treatment of gay men during the Holocaust, and had picked this up more to review it as a resource for teens at my library. It was only after reading it that I realized how little I truly knew. They suffered terribly, including before the war and for a great length of time after. Life has never been easy for the LGBT community, but it is better than it has ever been. We need to continue fighting to make this a world where your sexuality is as [...]

    • Osilverman says:

      This book provides yet another perspective on the atrocities of the Nazi regime. It emphasizes how easy it is to turn one of these phobias (in this case - homophobia) into a state policy, if one can convince people that it is a morally sound thing to do. The book demonstrates the process of the anty-gay policy development in the Nazi Germany, and presents a series of case studies of homosexuals prosecuted by the regime. Individual stories interviened with the historical articles make this book a [...]

    • Sylvia McNicoll says:

      An important non-fiction narrative on the persecution of gays during World War II and beyond. Excellent writing makes a difficult subject captivating as well as easy to read. Hoping parents will read and share with their tweens.

    • Lisa says:

      Great read for older teens about an overlooked population of victims and survivors. Truly heartbreaking.

    • Ashley says:

      Meh. Interesting topic, uninteresting writing. It read like a college paper.

    • desiree says:

      This was a good historical look at the treatment of gay men during the Holocaust. It followed the stories of a few specific men, bringing a personal look at the subject.

    • Louis Addison says:

      For my non-fiction title, I read Branded by the Pink Triangle, by Ken Setterington. Branded by the Pink Triangle is a book about the persecution of homosexual men during World War II. It uses stories of men that survived persecution and facts about homosexuality during World War II to make this a very interesting read. The book talks about how one of Hitler’s goals while persecuting Jews, was to make the Aryan “master race” which lead to the persecution of multiple different groups. The bo [...]

    • Melanie says:

      SUPER hard to read. Not because of the writing but because of the content. I feel like everyone gets such a basic review of what the Holocaust was in school and I now know just how basic mine was.To think those few men who were lucky enough to survive the atrocities they faced at concentration camps were "liberated" to nothing but hostility and still treated as criminals by the government and their peers simply because of that pink triangle. Germany would not recognize them as victims of the Naz [...]

    • Sarah Gatz says:

      I really loved this book, it gave a comprehensive account on why and how the homosexual community was oppressed during and after the war. They also had the stories of Gay men who went to the camps and survived to tell the tale. It's heartbreaking to know how many Gay men never made it out of the camps and/or were ostracized from family and society because of their preference for men.

    • Daniel says:

      An interesting read that was way too short considering the importance of the subject matter.

    • Zev says:

      This book was very thorough. I'm glad it was written.

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