Germany: Tribute to Nazis' Gay Victims

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A memorial dedicated to gay men and lesbians persecuted and killed under the Nazis will be inaugurated on May 27, the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany said. The $935,000 monument, designed by Michael Elmgreen of Denmark and Ingar Dragset of Norway, will be in Berlin on the edge of its Tiergarten park and near the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It features a concrete slab with a window that will allow visitors to view a looped video that will alternate every two years between a clip of men kissing and a clip of women kissing. Germany’s culture minister, Bernd Neumann, and Berlin’s mayor, Klaus Wowereit, who is gay, are expected to attend the ceremony.

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