NAZI PERSECUTION OF HOMOSEXUALS 1933-1945

On exhibit

at

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center

of Florida

July 1 to August 25, 2007

The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida, 851 North Maitland Avenue, Maitland is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 on July 1, 2007. It will remain until August 25, 2007.

Between 1933 and 1945, in its efforts to rid German territory of people who did not fit its vision of a “master Aryan race”’ the German government under Adolf Hitler persecuted Germany’s homosexual men. Believing them to be carriers of a “degeneracy” that threatened the nation’s “disciplined masculinity” and hindered population growth, the German state arrested, convicted, and incarcerated in prisons and concentration camps tens of thousands of men. This was a means of terrorizing all German homosexuals into sexual and social conformity. Through reproductions of some 250 historic photographs and documents, the exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 examines the rationale, means and impact of the German regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality that left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more.

Following an overview of the emerging gay community in the 1910s to the early 1930s, the exhibition discusses the German racial and social ideals that formed the basis for the opposition to male homosexuality. The core of the exhibition focuses on the police terror that led to the arrest of some 100,000 homosexual men, 50,000 of whom were convicted and imprisoned during the Nazi period. Also presented is the brutal and often fatal incarceration of the estimated 5,000 to 15,000 men in concentration camps. The exhibition concludes with the postwar aftermath and Germany’s memorial to the homosexual victims of German persecution.

The exhibit is organized and circulated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Additional programming will be scheduled while the exhibition is at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida.

This program is supported through generous grants from the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando and the Darden Restaurants Foundation. This project is also funded by the United Arts of Central Florida. Inc, State of Florida, Department of State – Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

Hours at the Center are Sunday 1pm to 4pm, Monday – Thursday 9am to 4pm, and Friday 9am to 1pm.

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