“Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945” Exhibition Comes to UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City will host a traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, entitled Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945. The free exhibition will be on display February 16 – April 10 in the Dean’s Gallery of the Miller Nichols Library.

An opening reception and exhibition preview will take place Feb. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Dean’s Gallery.

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933–1945 examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more.

From 1933-1945, Germany’s National Socialist government attempted to root out those who did not fit its idealistic model of a “master Aryan race.” Jews were the primary victims and six million were murdered in the Holocaust. Millions of others were persecuted for racial and political reasons, including homosexuals. Visitors to this informational exhibition will learn about the Nazis’ attempt to wipe out homosexuality and terrorize German gay men into social conformity with arrests, convictions and incarcerations of tens of thousands of men in prisons and concentration camps.

The exhibition will be supplemented with special “brown bag” film viewings. “Bent,” the 1997 film adaptation of the Tony-award winning Broadway play about a gay couple imprisoned in a concentration camp, will be shown Mar. 6 at noon in the Miller Nichols Library iX Theatre, 1st floor. The documentary film “Paragraph 175,” which shares the stories of individuals who were persecuted because of the law, will be shown in the same location on Mar. 13 at noon.  Brief discussions will be held after each film.

The exhibition is being co- presented by the UMKC Division of Diversity, Access and Equity, in partnership with the Kansas City Museum and in conjunction with Heartland Men’s Chorus’ spring concert, Falling in Love Again, March 23-24 at the Folly Theater. Visit kansascitymuseum.org/persecution for additional details and programming.

The exhibition is a project of GLAMA: the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, a collecting partnership of the Kansas City Museum and the LaBudde Special Collections Department of the UMKC Libraries.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibitions program is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.

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