If you haven’t had a chance to see the highly acclaimed exhibit “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933 – 1945”, then you have one more week. The exhibit, which is produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, is on display at Compass through Sunday, January 27th. The story of what happened to homosexuals in Nazi Germany is the subject of the exhibition, which was more than two years in development and is the first major exhibition on the subject for English-speaking audiences. The exhibit draws on materials from more than 40 archives and other repositories in eight countries.
The Nazis arrested an estimated 100,000 homosexual men, 50,000 of whom were imprisoned. Between 5,000 and 15,000 gay men were interned in concentration camps in Nazi Germany. These prisoners were marked by pink triangle badges and were among the most abused groups in the camps.
“The exhibition explores why homosexual behavior was identified as a danger to Nazi society and how the Nazi regime attempted to eliminate it,” says exhibition curator Edward Phillips. “The Nazis believed it was possible to ‘cure’ homosexual behavior through labor and ‘re-education.’” Gay men were subject to castration, institutionalization, and deportation to concentration camps.
The exhibit has been extended to include January 27th, the International Holocaust Day of Remembrance. Free to the public, the exhibit can be viewed Monday – Thursday 10 am – 8:30 pm, Fridays 10 am – 7 pm, Saturdays 2 pm – 6pm and on Sunday (only January 27th), 2 pm – 6 pm.
Compass is the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Lake Worth and the Palm Beaches and aims to diminish stereotypes by challenging long-standing misconceptions about the character of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Compass is located at 201 N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth.
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