“Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945” Opens April 30th
April 7, 2017 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) is pleased to present its newest exhibition Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945, slated to open on Sunday, April 30th. Presented by Wells Fargo, this exhibition examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more.
Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazi German regime promoted racial health policies that sought to eliminate all sources of biological corruption to its dominant “Aryan” race. Among the groups persecuted as threats to the national health were Germany’s homosexual men. Believing them to be carriers of a “degeneracy” that weakened society and hindered population growth, the Nazi state arrested and incarcerated in prisons and concentration camps tens of thousands of German men as a means of terrorizing them into social conformity.
The exhibition opening event will take place on Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. and is free to members of The FHM and $9 per person for general admission. The Pardoll Family Lecture Series opening reception will include a lecture by Erik Jensen, a specialist in the history of Germany and of gender and sexuality. Jensen is an Associate Professor of History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he teaches courses in German history and directs the Honors Program. He has written numerous articles about the pink triangle, which was used by the Nazis in concentration camps to identify and shame homosexuals, and on how the Nazis persecuted homosexuals during the Holocaust. Please RSVP by calling 727.820.0100, extension 301.
Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 opens to the public on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at The Florida Holocaust Museum. The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
This exhibition was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
2017 marks a monumental milestone for The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) as the Museum celebrates its 25th Anniversary. One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The FHM honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit www.TheFHM.org.