Orte der Erinnerung 1933-1945

Orte der Erinnerung 1933 - 1945

Gedenkstätten, Dokumentationszentren und Museen
zur Geschichte der nationalsozialistischen Diktatur
in Berlin und Brandenburg

Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under National Socialism

The Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted under National Socialism was built following the design of the Danish-Norwegian artistic duo Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. The initiative for this memorial was made by the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland, LSVD) and the initiative "to commemorate the homosexual victims of National Socialism".

The National Socialists had already mandated the comprehensive criminalisation of male homosexuality as early as 1935. In addition, the intended provisions against homosexual conduct contained in paragraph 175 of the penal code were significantly intensified and expanded. Even a casual kiss hello between two men could lead to prosecution. Paragraph 175 meant prison or a hard labour penitentiary. There were over 50,000 convictions. In some cases, NS authorities could force the convicts to be castrated. Several thousands of gay men were deported to concentration camps because of their homosexuality. A large portion of them did not survive the camps.

The Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted under National Socialism was built in 2003, following a resolution passed by the German Parliament. It is meant to honour the victims who were persecuted and murdered and to keep the memory of this injustice alive, while at the same time being a constant symbol against intolerance, hostility and the marginalisation of lesbians and gays.

The memorial’s maintenance is financed by the Federal Office for Culture and Media’s budget. The Bundesland of Berlin provided the site. The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe Foundation is responsible for supervising the maintenance of the memorial site.

www.gedenkort.de – Initiative »Der homosexuellen NS-Opfer gedenken«
www.homo-denkmal.de – Denkmal für die im Nationalsozialismus verfolgten Homosexuellen
www.berlin.lsvd.de – Lesben- und Schwulenverband in Deutschland (LSVD), Landesverband Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.

Address and Hours of Operation

Denkmal für die im Nationalsozialismus verfolgten Homosexuellen (Memorial to Homosexuals Persecuted Under National Socialism)
Ebertstraße / Ecke Hannah-Arendt-Straße
10117 Berlin

The memorial site is accessible at all times. 

Visitor Services:

Tel: +49-30-26 39 43 36
E-mail: besucherservice(at)stiftung-denkmal.de
Internet: http://www.stiftung-denkmal.de/en/homosexualmemorial

Bus 100, 123, 148, 200, M 41, TXL
Rapid Transit System Stations (S-Bahn): Take S1, S2, S26 to Unter den Linden or Potsdamer Platz
Subway (U-Bahn): Take U2 to Potsdamer Platz or Mohrenstraße