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Gay Activist is sad to learn of the death of Rudolf Brazda, who was the last known survivor of the so-called “Pink Triangles” – gays interned in Nazi camps because of their homosexuality yesterday, aged 98. He was prisoner number 7952 at Buchenwald concentration camp. Mr. Rudolf passed on peacefully in his sleep at dawn on August 3, 2011 at an old people’s hospital in Bantzenheim, France.
Brazda, born in 1913, was sent to Buchenwald in August 1942 and remained there until it was liberated by US troops in 1945. He was awarded France’s Legion of Honour in April this year.
Rudolf Brazda | Uncredited | Woolf and Wilde | 14217
Tens of thousands of people were convicted under Nazi Germany’s laws that made homosexual acts a crime. Those who were sent to concentration camps had to wear a pink triangle on their prison clothes that identified them as homosexual.
Mr Brazda and a friend | Uncredited | Woolf and Wilde | 14218