Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals

Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933–1945 is a traveling exhibition 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 Center for Diversity Education is hosting the exhibit from February 12 to April 7, 2017 in UNC Asheville's Ramsey Library. Day and evening programming will include docented tours, film screenings, and lectures. 

This exhibit is presented in conjunction with Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People, an exhibit traveled by the Family Diversity Projects. Together, these exhibits provide historical and contemporary perspectives on the lives of the LGBTQ community. Pioneering Voices will be on display February 12 to April 7 in the Karpen Hall lobby.

Learn more about professional development opportunities for educators by clicking "Teacher Resources" below.

Questions about the exhibit? Contact Deborah Miles at

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Schedule a Tour of the Exhibit

Tours are offered on Fridays, from February 12 to April 7, 2017, at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 4:00. The tours will run 30-90 minutes depending on the number of participants, their ages, and time constraints of each group. Tours may be available at additional times by special request.

In addition to The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, student groups may choose to tour Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People, an exhibition of the Family Diversity Project.

Please complete the form below to get your group signed up for one of our available times. Closer to the exhibition date, registrants will be receive information about parking and additional logistics.



In order to offer guided tours and programming, we need help from dedicated volunteers like you. Docents are needed to guide student groups through both Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals and Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People. Docent helpers are also needed on Fridays to help greet and coordinate touring student groups when they arrive on campus. Lastly, volunteers are needed to table during events and programs on behalf of the Center for Diversity Education. 

We need your help to host this exhibit. Please complete the form below to sign up for a volunteer role.


Teacher Resources

The Center for Diversity Education is offering two professional development opportunities for teachers:

Gender Conformity and Sexual Minorities during the Nazi Era: 1933-1945
Monday, March 6, 4:00 - 6:00
D. Hiden Ramsey Library, UNC Asheville, One University Heights

The presentation includes a lecture by Dr. Eric Roubinek, Associate Professor at UNC Asheville, a tour of the exhibit, and curriculum development opportunities with Eric Grant with Buncombe County Schools.

Click here to register for Gender Conformity and Sexual Minorities during the Nazi Era

Pedagogical Round Table:  Safe, Inclusive and Affirming Interactions with Transgender Students in the Classroom
Tuesday, March 28, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Karpen Hall Lobby, UNC Asheville, One University Heights

The presentation includes an opportunity to view the exhibit and participate in a panel discussion led by Keith Bramlett, retired Sociology professor from UNC Asheville.

Click here to register for Pedagogical Roundtable: Safe, Inclusive, and Affirming Interactions for Transgender Students in the Classroom

View a PDF of the Exhibit


Victim Identity Cards:

Willem Arondeus

Gad Beck

Karl Gorath

Friedrich-Paul von Groszheim

Robert T. Odeman

Harry Pauly

Online Resources About the Holocaust:

READING: Persecution of Homosexuals in the Third Reich

READING: Background and Timeline of Events

READING: Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals

READING: "Do You Remember, When" (A book shared between teenagers Manfred Lewin and Gad Beck)

READING: Dr. Magnus Herschfeld, founder of the Institute for Sexual Research in Berlin

READING: Article 6 - Indecency Between Men

READING: Paragraph 175

READING: Heinrich Himmler on the "Question of Homosexuality"

READING: A Gay Man Recalls 1933

AUDIO: Isolating Gays

LESSON: Paragraph 175

LESSON: What Can We Do To Prevent Genocide?

Online Resources about LGBT+ Inclusion:

LESSON: Understanding Homophobia/Heterosexism and How to Be an Ally

LESSON: Transgender Identity and Issues


Suggested Further Readings:

The Men with the Pink Triangle by Heinz Heger (translated by David Fernbach). 1980. Alyson Publications.

Normal Life by Dean Spade. 2011. New York: South End Press.

Transgender History by Susan Stryker. 2008. Avalon Publishing Group.

Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality by Anne Fausto-Sterling. 2008. Revised. Basic Books.

Sex/Gender: Biology in a Social World (The Routledge Series Integrating Science and Culture). 2012. Routledge.

Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish History. Noach Dzmura (Editor). 2010. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.

Documentary: The Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria. 2005. FrameLine.

Exhibit Programming

Thursday, February 16
Exhibit Grand Opening

5:30 Reception for Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals in Ramsey Library, and for Pioneering Voices in Karpen Hall Lobby
7:00 Keynote Address from Dr. Erik Jensen, Associate Professor of History at Miami University, in Humanities Lecture Hall

Thursday, February 23
Screening Paragraph 175 at The Fine Arts Theatre

Screening at 7:00
Admission by donation (Suggested amount: $5-$15)
Donations benefit The Center for Diversity Education

Tuesday, March 7
Beyond Kinder, Küche, Kirche' (children, kitchen, church): Gender and Sex under National Socialism
Lecture from Dr. Roubinek in the Intercultural Center

12:00 PM Lecture 

Tuesday, March 21
Screening Out in the Night in Humanities Lecture Hall

Screening at 7:00
Afterwards: Q&A with Renata Hill and Patreese Johnson, subjects of the film
Presented by UNCA WGSS Department

Wednesday, March 22
Screening A Womb of Their Own in the Laurel Forum

Screening at 7:00
Afterwards: Panel Discussion
Presented by UNCA WGSS Department

Tuesday, April 4
Interfaith Panel Discussion on Gender Minorities in Faith Traditions

7:00-8:30 in Karpen Hall 038
Presented in conjunction with Campus Pride Week


This exhibit was made accessible thanks to the generous donations of these sponsors: 

  • Billy Gray & Jim Reid
  • Brian May & Scott Merrill
  • Congregation Beth HaTephila
  • Deutsch & Gottschalk Attorneys
  • Equality NC
  • Grace Covenant Presbyterian
  • Keith Bramlett & Phil Weast
  • Leah Karpen
  • WNC Jewish Federation
  • Cissy Majebe
  • David Berkey & Jack Lowell
  • Dudley & JoAnne Cate
  • Jacque Allen & Barbara Benisch
  • Richard & Sue Walton

Exhibit and Programming Evaluations

The Center for Diversity Education is dedicated to evaluating and improving our programming, but we need your help. Your feedback is valuable, and will be used to evaluate the impact of this exhibit and plan future programming. If you have visited the exhibit or attended events related to the exhibit, please take a moment to reflect on your learning by completing this anonymous survey.

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