This YouTube playlist contains digital lectures by the world’s leading scholars on queer Holocaust history s well as oral history testimonies from LGBTQ+ survivors.
Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity
By Dr. Robert Beachy (Professor of History, Yonsei University)
Sponsored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage and moderated by Eric Marcus (founder of the “Making Gay History” podcast)
Decadent, pre-WWII Berlin was the undisputed gay capital of the world—as imagined in “Cabaret,” and more recently in the TV shows “Babylon Berlin” and “Transparent.” Professor Robert Beachy’s “Gay Berlin” chronicles the milieu that gave rise to the international gay rights movement, with key strides made for scientific research, advocacy, and visibility—before the Nazis came to power.
(June 2019. Runtime: 1 hour 7 mins)
The Nazi Policy against Homosexuals: Policing Behavior in the People’s Community
By Dr. Jennifer V. Evans (Professor of History, Carleton University, Ontario)
Presented by the Center for Austrian Studies and CHGS, cosponsored by Metropolitan State University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
(March 2018. Runtime: 1 hour)
Transgender Identities and the Police in Nazi Germany
By Dr. Laurie Marhoefer (Professor of History, University of Washington)
Before the Nazis came to power, Germany was one of the global centers of trans activism and home to a thriving subculture of people with transgender identities. You could legally change your birth-assigned sex in some German cities even before 1900. The Nazis changed this. They brutally enforced Germany’s law against “cross-dressing.” Yet many trans people seem to have nevertheless found ways to escape the violence, especially if they were not defined as “racial enemies” of the state. This talk looks at transgender activism before 1933 and discusses what happened to trans people under the Nazi State.
(May 2019. Runtime: 52 mins)
Persecution of Homosexuals in Germany during and after the Holocaust
By Dr. Geoffrey Giles (Professor Emeritus of History, University of Florida)
(October 2016. Runtime: 1 hour 15 mins)
The Nazi Persecution of Gay People
US Holocaust Memorial Museum Facebook Live episode with guest Dr. Jake Newsome (Public Scholar)
Within weeks of the Nazis’ rise to Power in January 1933, the Nazis drove Germany’s gay culture underground and waged a violent campaign against homosexuality. Over the next 12 years, more than 100,000 men were arrested for violating Germany’s law against “unnatural indecency among men.” During this time, proof was often not required to convict an individual. Some were sent to concentration camps and subjected to hard labor, cruelty, and even medical experiments aimed at “curing” them. Join the USHMM a Pride Month Facebook Live as they give voice to a community silenced during the Holocaust.
(June 2019. Runtime 33 mins)
Pink Triangle Memories: Transatlantic Gay Rights in the Shadow of the Holocaust
By Dr. Jake Newsome (Public Scholar)
Which policies and social customs created the myth that LGBTQ individuals were “forgotten victims” of the Nazi regime? What role did Holocaust memories play in transnational gay liberation movements beginning in the 1970s? How did social activism influence historical scholarship and the movement to memorialize LGBTQ victims? In this lecture, Holocaust historian Dr. Jake Newsome discusses civil liberties, sexual identity, and the politics of memory by tracing the transformation of the pink triangle from a concentration camp badge into a marker of gay liberation, community, and pride.
(January 2021. Runtime 20 mins)