Monday, April 8, 2013

Holocaust Remembrance Day, Monday, April 8, 2013

Paragraph 175

Paragraph 175 (8" x 8") Mixed Media Distressed Paint, March 28, 2013

"Paragraph 175" is my visual interpretation of the destructive German law that allowed the prosecution of approximately 140,000 gay men from 1871 until 1994.  Additionally, in 1935 the Nazis broadened the law to once again allow the death penalty.  That change allowed the Nazis to kill thousands of gay men and lesbians along with millions of Jewish and Slavic peoples, the disabled, mentally retarded, and Jehovah Witnesses, among others.  It is particularly important that we remember these people and the evil that can and does live in the hearts of men on this day, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Monday, April 8, 2013 in which we memorialize those lost in the Nazi death camps. 

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