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Tel Aviv Is Constructing A Monument To Remember Gays Persecuted By Nazis

“This will be the first and only memorial site in Israel to mention the victims of the Nazis who were persecuted for anything other than being Jewish."

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The idea for the monument came from attorney Eran Lev, who is a member of the city's municipal council. He says of the project:

This will be the first and only memorial site in Israel to mention the victims of the Nazis who were persecuted for anything other than being Jewish. As a cosmopolitan city and an international gay center, Tel Aviv will offer a memorial site that is universal in its essence. As far as I'm concerned, it's not a monument, but a place — a place of quiet that will invite visitors to sit, contemplate, reflect and be in solitude [...] One of the first restrictions the Nazis imposed on the Jews was against going to public parks. We're bringing that memory back into the public space. It's very moving.

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At the center of the monument will be a concrete triangle, which contains a smaller pink triangle.

The monument will be near the gay community center of Gan Meir. Below you can see a rendering of the memorial by Moria Sekely, Landscape Architecture.

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Professor Moshe Zimmermann, a Hebrew University historian, said of the Tel Aviv memorial:

The great advantage of the monument being built is the ability to reflect on discrimination in its broadest form and not make it subordinate to the definitions of the Third Reich. The inscription on the monument will not explain the difference between the persecution of gay men and lesbians during the Holocaust, but will commemorate them in a single place.

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