The University of Missouri-Kansas City, in partnership with the Kansas City Museum, presents: Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945
A Traveling Exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
February 16-April 10
Dean’s Gallery, Miller Nichols Library
An opening reception and exhibit preview, Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Dean’s Gallery. The reception is sponsored by UMKC Friends of the Library, the Kansas City Museum, and Heartland Men’s Chorus. Brief remarks and performance by members of HMC will begin at approximately 6:00.
From 1933-1945, Germany’s National Socialist government attempted to eradicate 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 will learn about the Nazis’ attempt to eradicate 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 Conference Room, 3rd floor, room 303. 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 presentation of the exhibition is a project of GLAMA: the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, a partnership of the Kansas City Museum and the LaBudde Special Collections Department of UMKC Libraries.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. has developed a wonderful online version of the exhibit. Click here to learn more about the exhibition and the Holocaust Museum.
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.
Photo credit: “Solidarity.” Richard Grune lithograph from a limited edition series “Passion des XX Jahrhunderts” (Passion of the 20th Century). Grune was prosecuted under Paragraph 175 and from 1937 until liberation in 1945 was incarcerated in concentration camps. In 1947 he produced a series of etchings detailing what he witnessed in the camps. Grune died in 1983. Credit: Courtesy Schwules Museum, Berlin