During the Holocaust, symbols were used to oppress people. German officials forced Jewish residents in Tuchyn to wear a yellow Star of David to identify themselves as different and inferior. The Nazis also used symbols in concentration and death camps. Criminals wore green triangles, Jehovah's Witnesses wore purple ones, and LGBTQ+ people wore pink ones.
Symbols of Resistance
But symbols also mean resistance, such as a raised fist or a peace symbol. Many LGBTQ+ advocacy groups use the upside-down pink triangle, making a symbol of oppression into one of resistance.