Tuesday 30 April
This tekes (Hebrew for ‘ceremony’, such as a commemoration) will honour and remember the persecution and crimes committed by the Nazis against the LGBTIQ community.
In a Europe occupied by Nazi Germany, conformity to specific gender roles became increasingly necessary for survival. German men suspected of being same-sex attracted or of indeterminate gender were beaten and arrested; as were their non-German partners. There, in concentration camps, those marked with the pink triangle were particularly vulnerable. Lacking the connections and shared ideology that enabled certain other prisoner groups to survive, and maligned by the general camp population, they were continually at risk of violence and abuse.
We remember those tens of thousands of men who were cruelly imprisoned, and several thousands who did not survive. We remember the German women who, suspected of not confirming to traditional gender roles, were subject to interrogation and abuse. And above all, we remember the millions of LGBTIQ who in the years since the Nazi regime crumbled were still forced to hide their sexual identity for fear of persecution that did not end in 1945. Together, we remember them.
The event will begin at 5.30pm with a ceremony at the Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial in Green Park, Darlinghurst. Afterwards, guests will move across the road into the Sydney Jewish Museum to hear testimony from Holocaust survivor Ana de Leon, and a Q&A with members of the LBGTIQ community.
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