June 13, 2016
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM OUTRAGED AT ORLANDO SHOOTING
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is outraged at the attack on the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, which specifically targeted the LGBT community. The Museum expresses its condolences to the many families and friends who lost loved ones in this depraved act.
The perpetrator had reportedly expressed allegiance to ISIS reminding us of the continuing dangers extremist ideologies pose. Regardless of whether this was a hate crime or an act of terrorism, the intent was to murder members of the LGBT community. During the Nazi era, the Germans dramatically intensified their persecution of homosexuals who were deemed unfit for the “Aryan community.” Some 50,000 were sent to prison and between 5,000 and 15,000 were incarcerated in concentration camps where many perished.
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, visit www.ushmm.org.
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