A recently opened Berlin memorial to commemorate the lesbian and gay victims of the Nazi regime has been vandalised.
According to reports, a viewing window and a fence surrounding the memorial were damaged on the weekend.
The memorial, which was only launched on May 27, cost around 600,000 Euros and is situated in Berlin’s prominent Tiergarten Park just across from the Jewish Holocaust Memorial.
One side of the memorial has a small window through which viewers can watch a short black and white film of two men kissing.
Berlin’s openly-gay mayor, Klaus Wowereit, spoke out against the vandalism during a demonstration by LGBT groups at the scene on Monday.
“An attack against this memorial is clearly directed against homosexuals; that can be said without waiting for further police investigations. We must show our condemnation of this act of intolerance and homophobia,” he said.
The exact number of people who were tortured and killed during the holocaust because of their sexual orientation is unknown, but some estimates suggest that about 54,000 homosexuals were arrested by Nazis with 7,000 to 10,000 killed in concentration camps.