German police file photo of a man arrested in October 1937 for suspicion of violating Paragraph 175 which criminalized homosexual conduct. — US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Landesarchiv, Berlin
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Historical Exhibition: Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945

  • 02/12-04/07
  • 7:45 am-1:00 am
  • Ramsey Library

Opening on Feb. 12, 2017, UNC Asheville will host the North Carolina debut of the traveling historical exhibition, The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945, produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Through reproductions of historic photographs and documents, this exhibition explores the rationale, means, and impact of the Nazi regime’s persecution of homosexuals, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more. The exhibition, in Ramsey Library, is free and open to everyone during regular library hours through April 7.

Docented tours will be available and film screenings and discussions will complement the exhibition:

  • Reception in Ramsey Library, 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 preceding the keynote lecture.
  • Keynote lecture by Miami University Associate Professor of European History Erik Jensen, a specialist in the history of Germany and of gender and sexuality. 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in Humanities Lecture Hall. Free and open to everyone.
  • Screening of Paragraph 175, a documentary which takes its name from the part of the German penal code used by the Nazis to arrest homosexuals and send thousands to concentration camps where many perished. The film was directed by Academy Award-winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Tickets at the box office 30 minutes before show time.
  • Beyond Kinder, Küche, Kirche' (children, kitchen, church): Gender and Sex under National Socialism, a lecture by Eric Roubinek, UNC Asheville assistant professor of history. Noon on Tuesday, March 7 in the Highsmith Union Intercultural Center. Free and open to everyone.

A second exhibition will be on view in Karpen Hall concurrently, Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People. Click link below for more information.

For more information, contact Deborah Miles, director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education, at or 828.232.5024.

Contact for this event:

  • Center for Diversity Education
  • 828.232.5024