The Nazi's Use of Triangles in the Concentration Camps Essay

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As thousands of people were being deported into the concentration camp they didn’t know who they were even standing next to or even having the thought of going into the pits of hungry lions. They were like rats trapped in the corner by the Nazi officers who were like cats ready to prance at them. As they were assigned to their barracks they relieved triangles made of fabric sewn on the jackets and shirts (“Nazi Concentration Camp Badges”). The badge of shame had seven different types of colors, and each color had a specific meaning (“The Holocaust Revealed”). I think that these triangles helped to identify the different types of people easily for the Nazi officers.

Where did the triangles start from? Where did it all begin? This is the
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There were single triangle, double triangles, and some of them had letter printed on their stars. The doubles stars had two meanings. If there was a Jewish Political they would have to wear two triangles overlapping each other red and yellow or Jewish criminals would have to wear green and yellow (Mazal). The letters printed on the stars also had a meaning (Elman). For example B would be for Belgians or F for French (Nazi Concentration Camp Badges). Their color coding system was easy for them to see whose who.

First, political prisoners wore red triangles. They were the first prisoners to be sent to the concentration camp (Testard). In this group there were communists, social democratic, and anyone who rejected Nazi’s regime (“The Holocaust”).

Second, criminals wore green triangles. Green triangles were given to who had done minor crimes (“Color-Coded Holy Wars”). Crimes such as violating drug laws there was only about 12 percent of criminals.

Third, homosexuals wore pink triangles. Pink triangles were given to male prisoners who were sent because of their homosexuality (Safier). The color pink was easily recognized so many people humiliated them everyday (“Triangles”). But also a lot of people thought that homosexuality was contagious, but still curable (Elman).

Fourth, the Roma gypsies wore black triangles (“Dachau”). The crippled, disabled, homeless, and lesbians were
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