August 20, 2019 at 10:18 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Berlin memorial to gay Nazi victims vandalized
A memorial to the gay victims of the Nazis in Berlin’s Tiergarten park in 2015. Vandals over the weekend damaged it by painting over a window into which passersby can watch a video of a same-sex couple kissing. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

Police in the German capital say vandals have damaged a memorial to gay victims of the Nazis.

The Associated Press on Monday said security guards at the memorial in Berlin’s Tiergarten park reported a window into which passersby can watch a video of a same-sex couple kissing had been painted over. Authorities told the Associated Press they have not identified any suspects in connection with the vandalism.

The Nazis between 1933-1945 systematically persecuted gay men.

Statistics indicate as many as 15,000 gay men were sent to concentration camps. Germany in 2002 pardoned up to 50,000 gay men who were convicted of Nazi-era crimes because of their sexual orientation.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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