Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington


In this accessible, well-documented piece, Setterington sheds light on an often ignored group of Holocaust victims: homosexuals. Though history is quick to focus on violence against Jews during the Holocaust, gays and homosexuals faced much of the same discrimination. What’s more, this discrimination did not end with WWII. Considered criminals until well into the 1960’s, the homosexual community was not offered acknowledgement or apologies for the acts of hate against them until long after the atrocities occurred. With Setterington’s work, and those like it, this group of individuals can finally receive the recognition they deserve.

Though short, this book provides a lot of information about a lesser-known group of those persecuted by Nazi Germany: homosexuals. Forced to wear pink triangles in the concentration camps, these prisoners were often treated worse than other prisoners, solely because of their sexual orientation. What’s more, ill-treatment of the LGBTQ community continues to this day. told using personal histories of actual victims of the Holocaust, Setterington’s work is worth reading if you’re at all interested in the Holocaust era. Though events in the book occurred more than sixty years ago, its themes and message are still relevant today.

Rating: 4/5

*Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award Honor, 2014

*YALSA Award for Nonfiction for Young Adults, Nominee, 2014

*ALA Rainbow List, Top Ten, 2014

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