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Pink Triangle Armband “Gay or Homosexual” Male
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The Third Reich utilized a myriad of colored triangles to classify the various groups of peoples they interned in concentration camps. The colors of the triangles were as follows: red for political dissidents, green for criminals, purple for Jehovah's Witnesses, blue for emigrants, brown for Gypsies, black for lesbians and other "anti-socials," and pink for homosexual men. The pink triangles symbolized the femaleness of this group of detainees whose masculinity was diminished within the context of Nazi heterosexism. Additionally, the pink triangles were generally larger than other triangles because the Nazis wished gay men to be especially visible. This is a very nice example of this armband lightly soiled with a German hallmark stamp and serial number of 62176. This is a very rare armband and measures 4”x 8” folded along the seams. This item has been black lighted and is done with all period materials.




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