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Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted Under the National Socialist Regime
Ranked #184 of 818 things to do in Berlin
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Worthing
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Haunting”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

I visited the memorial on a dark, snowy evening in December, and was stunned by it. Unlike the vast, open Memorial to the Murdered Jews across the road, I found this to be an understated, quiet and reflective place.
If you can go when it's not busy, there's a real power here. I found the structure and the video installation to be a very appropriate way of remembering the awful event.

For free, and in a popular area of Berlin, there's nothing to fault about this place.

Visited December 2012
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Cambridge
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“Symbolic”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Accross the road from the large Jewish memorial this is a single large slab wonky (not strait) with a viewing window. Through the window you see a running video of gay couples kissing/being close. It's a solitary memorial but well worth visiting to pay respect to the 50,000+ gays that were persecuted under the Nazi regime.

Visited March 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Simple, yet quite appropriate”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

Set just off the Tiergarten this memorial is quite understated and to be honest, quite appropriate. I have to say, some people who were visiting the memorial at the same time as Phillip and I were a bit insensitive and found the memorial "funny". It is a simple, square block of granite with a viewing panel inside that shows two people that are very much in love. A simple memorial. A simple and quite appropriate message of apology from the German Government. Well worth visiting.

Visited July 2012
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Cortland, New York
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“Understated Tribute to the Hidden Holocaust”
Reviewed April 11, 2012

Clearly intended as reminiscent of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe across the street, this memorial is a large tilted concrete clab in the Tiergarten. Its sole feature is a small window in which passers-by can view snippets of the experience on black-and-white video (strictly PG; nothing pornographic as far as I could tell). The monument is intended to recall the persecution of gays and lesbians and the murder of gay man by the Nazi regime, though homosexuality remained against the law for years after the war.

According to informational materials, Berlin today is home to proportionally the largest gay community of any European capital. But the monument is a reminder to all people of how exsclusionary rhetoric against any dimension of society--especially by the state--can devolve into terror and bloodshed if left unchallenged (indeed, the day I visited, there was an anti-gay slogan spray-painted on a dumpster 100 yards away).

TIME--It doesn't take more than a couple of minutes to view this memorial. It is small and there are no crowds.

KIDS--This is not for kids, though there are no specific hazards (it's essentially a big grey block). The kids can throw a ball in the park while you're having a look, if you don't think this memorial is appropriate for them. MOBILITY--No problem accessing the site in a wheelchair, but viewing the videos could be tricky.

Visited March 2012
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Cedar Park, Texas
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“Eh”
Reviewed November 26, 2011

It's not very impressive, just a box with a television inside with a video of two men making out. Yeah, it's sexy, but not anything totally memorable.

Visited November 2011
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