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Israel city unveils gay Holocaust victims memorial

A man in Tel Aviv placed a rose on a memorial honoring gays and lesbians who were persecuted by the Nazis.
A man in Tel Aviv placed a rose on a memorial honoring gays and lesbians who were persecuted by the Nazis.OLIVER WEIKEN/EPA

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TEL AVIV — Israel’s cultural and financial capital unveiled a memorial Friday honoring gays and lesbians persecuted by the Nazis, the first specific recognition in Israel for non-Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Tucked away in a Tel Aviv park, a concrete, triangle-shaped plaque details the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people under Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. It resembles the pink triangles Nazis forced gays to wear in concentration camps during World War II and states in English, Hebrew, and German: ‘‘In memory of those persecuted by the Nazi regime for their sexual orientation and gender identity.’’

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