When Nazi concentration camps were liberated, gays weren’t considered victims and were excluded from reparations!
The Holocaust was horrifying. Jewish citizens were forced to live in unlivable conditions in concentration camps.
Some died, some were killed. After the Allied forces won WWII and the Germans were forced to surrender, concentration camp prisoners were freed. The new German government repealed a number of laws passed before and during the war.
However, while most concentration camp victims were liberated and now safe, some were not. In Germany at that time, it was illegal for a man over the age of 21 to have homosexual relations.
This law - Paragraph 175 - was not repealed after the war. Some homosexual citizens were forced to serve further time in prison. And they were not recognized as official Nazi victims therefore they received no compensation.
Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1969, but homosexuals murdered by the Nazis did not receive public acknowledgement until 1985.
Paragraph 175 was finally abolished in 1990, and in 2002, the German government passed legislation to fully pardon all those homosexual citizens convicted under Paragraph 175.