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Watch: Rudolf Brazda, Last Known 'Pink Triangle' Survivor of Buchenwald Concentration Camps, Gives Interview


Rudolf Brazda, the last known survivor of the Pink Triangles, tells the sobering story of his experience for French website Yagg:

"The son of Tcheckoslovaquian immigrants in Germany, Rudolf Brazda was 20 when Hitler rose to power. He had lived his homosexuality freely and openly until the law penalizing homosexuality, the notorious “Paragraph 175″, was toughened by the Nazi regime. On August 8, 1942, after having gone to prison twice, he was sent to the concentration camp of Buchenwald, where he was given the number 7952, and a pink triangle. Even though Buchenwald wasn’t an extermination camp, an estimated 56.000 prisoners (out of the 238.000 who were incarcerated) died in the camp, either because they were executed or from exhaustion or illness."


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  1. PS, a bit of history on the Liberal democratic Weimar republic pre the rise of the nazis

    It was very liberal for its time..... taxing big biz, homosexuality out in the open, Jews Marrying Non Jewish Germans, the arts supported and proliferating, etc

    The Nazis were an extreme reaction by big biz in germany and conservative forces to the liberalism of the Weimar republic

    Much like the Bush family and many big biz types were trying to rebel here in the USA against liberalsim and FDR by trying to stage a coup to overthrow FDR and set up a fascist state modeled off of facist germany. They failed due to a military general they had approached to help them turning stool pigeon and blabing it all to the FDR administration

    Reality, history, truthiness have a liberal bias and are not friends of conservatives

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv@yahoo.com | Oct 16, 2010 11:32:07 AM

  2. For those interested in the Nazi persecution, I recommend Paragraph 175, by Epstein and Friedman.

    Isn't Gad Beck still alive? I haven't heard that he died, but I could be wrong. There are 5 survivors in the film.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Oct 16, 2010 12:22:44 PM

  3. For those interested in the Nazi persecution, I recommend Paragraph 175, by Epstein and Friedman.

    Isn't Gad Beck still alive? I haven't heard that he died, but I could be wrong. There are 5 survivors in the film.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Oct 16, 2010 12:22:44 PM

  4. Jim, the complete opposite is true, and any well-researched, legitimate history of the Third Reich will strongly attest to this. The Nazis were fervent anti-socialists, and gained much success because of their anti-leftist, totalitarian response to what was perceived as a cultural and political takeover by Marxists. They widely appealed to big business in Germany during their rise to power, secretly promising to outlaw unions and deregulate labor in return for financial and political support. They of course did this once in power, but also ejected any industry leaders that did not toe the Nazi line and conform to their anti-socialist, anti-liberal agenda.

    Posted by: scientitian | Oct 16, 2010 1:25:19 PM

  5. Thank you Andy for running this piece. Gay prisoners were forced to serve out the remainder of their sentences by the Allies after they were liberated from the camps. I'm not sure how this lovely man escaped that fate.
    I am currently working on a book that is based on a pair of young lovers at the rise of Hitler and what happens to them. I'm going to Berlin to do some research on one particular area...Sachsenhausen concentration camp outside Berlin where the majority of gays were sent. There they were forced to run and walk along a brick walkway wearing new german combat boots to see what would happen to the boots with conintued use....many died.

    Posted by: John Simpson | Oct 16, 2010 7:20:35 PM

  6. Rabidly homophobic attitudes on sex and sexuality lead to the deaths of our children. This is, consequently, murder:


    Thank you.

    Posted by: Jimmy | Oct 17, 2010 9:52:14 AM

  7. Perhaps it is unrealistic to try and put the nazi meme into either the "right" or the "left" box. The whole era is so unique that maybe its false to draw a exact comparison to the politics of today.

    But how many of Hitler's "25 points" are today in the Democratic platform?
    Universal Health care- check
    Redistribution of wealth- check
    A federal control of Education- check
    Undefined limits on federal power- check
    Control of the press (fairness doctrine)-check
    Capital gains taxation- check
    Expansion of social security-check
    Identity politics based on a person's race- double check

    The Nazi's hated the communists so much not because they had different goals- but because they were in competition for the same idological footprint. The soviets wanted to be international and the nazis had this racist, "german above all" fetish, but they were two sides of the same coin.

    I think I know why the left is so adamant to deny their heritage, Of course no one should be calling them fascist today- they are no where near that. But every experiment in statist policy has been tried in the last 100 years and failed. Socialism, Communism, Nazism, etc. So of course they want to distance themselves from that.

    I know what its like boys -- I'm a states rights person myself, and I can't even get that stated before some half wit comes back with "so are you pro-slavery and pro-Jim Crow?" and I have to explain carefully how those perversions are not valid in my support of states rights.

    I'm wandering from the point-- sorry- but its worth noting that Hitler was fine with the gays, and even the head of the SA was notorious for being queer- up until the point that he no longer needed them- then out came the long knives.

    And if anyone is still reading this I'll let you draw your own 2010 comparison to that.

    Posted by: Jim in St Louis | Oct 17, 2010 3:52:23 PM

  8. The concept of concentration camps, sterilization of 'undesirables', racial purity, euthanasia of the disabled, old, retarded ...... the German Nazis DID NOT invent this ideology. The Germans only carried out the logical conclusion of what was a very popular mostly Anglo-American centric movement called Eugenics. Many famous people championed eugenics in the early 20th century, including many of the atrocities the Nazis eventually carried out. In fact, during the war crimes trials after the war, many German defendants used the widespread pre-war acceptance of the eugenics movement in America and elsewhere as a defense.

    google eugenics if you're unaware of this movement and what still stands for.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 17, 2010 11:52:29 PM

  9. This may upset some people but the abortion rights movement and groups such as planned parenthood are modern extensions / reincarnations of the earlier eugenics movements. The name eugenics was deliberately banished by it's followers after the war (for obvious reasons) and they went about sanitizing the movement. But it still exists as what I wrote above in addition to groups and ideologies such as extreme environmentalists and animal rights advocates, among others. They can usually be easily spotted by their contempt for human beings while championing other animals, the environment [humans bad], the encouragement of abortion as often as possible, there are many other examples.

    ...I do not oppose birth control at all or abortion under certain conditions [I don't think it should be encouraged as a form of birth control or 3rd trimester and partial birth except under extreme circumstances]. But I recognize many of the true believer radicals behind the birth control and abortion rights movement were and are eugenicist.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 18, 2010 12:05:50 AM

  10. A lot of BS posted on the Nazis. They indeed were socialist and cousins of the communists. To say they were capitalists is a massive lie. Nazism / Fascism was and is a consolidation of state and business interests with plenty of socialists ideals thrown in. The best modern day example of Nazism / Fascism would be the 'communist' People's Republic of China.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 18, 2010 12:11:44 AM

  11. Actually, I should honestly say the U.S. is in many ways in 2010 a quasi-fascist nation. We indeed have a seemless consolidation of state and big corporate interests / Wall St. The liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans are both actively engaged in promoting this fascist system, including Obama.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 18, 2010 12:33:43 AM

  12. Sorry, but anyone who takes the opportunity to turn a poignant thread about a last pink triangle survivor into a grossly historically inaccurate diatribe linking the current Democratic platform to Nazism is officially Bonkers, tea party fringe Bonkers. Reading some of these comments is like watching a Daily Show bit that has gone hideously off the rails. Has Glenn Beck planted a chip in your brains?

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 18, 2010 12:57:57 AM

  13. Gee Ernie, I was only responding to all the other posts connecting Nazis with a specific contemporary political group and ideology. I've pointed out this is a fallacy to the extent both major political parties are actively engaged in promoting a quasi-fascist American state. Perfectly true. Nazism, fascism are also socialist and kissing cousins of communist. Perfectly true. I pointed out what the Nazis did to this gentleman was promoted, even promulgated to a degree, by a well known and popular ideological and political movement [Anglo-American centric] that peaked in the early 20th century, but still exists, under a different name,today. Full circle. How is this off topic, Ernie?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 18, 2010 1:27:57 AM

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