This Holocaust Remembrance Day, please take a moment to remember the victims of which at least 10,000 were gay men, hear about their experiences, and understand how the mantra of ‘never again’ requires us all to be vigilant and call out bigotry and oppression where we see it. 

The United Nations is holding a special day of commemoration event on Friday 26 January 2024 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST, in the UN General Assembly Hall, United Nations Headquarters. Survivors of the Holocaust will join speakers from the United Nations leadership team.  The ceremony will be broadcast live, more info can be found here.  Info on additional events at the UN building in New York can be found here.

The UK’s Holocaust Memorial Trust shares background information as a reminder of the extreme oppression inflicted on gay men in Germany in the 1930s and 40s, and how quickly a liberal and inclusive society was turned in just a few years into one of the most oppressive – exclusion and persecution persisting even after Germany was liberated.

Lastly, among many memorable stories of bravery that emerged from this period, please enjoy this LGBTQ Nation article highlighting the dedicated work of Fritz Bauer, a gay Jewish lawyer who escaped Germany and survived to bring many prominent Nazi perpetrators to justice, including Adolf Eichmann.