The Gay Community Center of Richmond presents the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933 – 1945 exhibit, on loan from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The exhibit, which showcases what happened to homosexuals in Nazi Germany, was more than two years in development and is the first major exhibition on the subject for English-speaking audiences. Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933 – 1945 draws on materials from more than 40 archives and other repositories in eight countries.
From the GCCR:
Nazi policy asserted that homosexual men carried a “degeneracy” that threatened the “disciplined masculinity” of Germany. Under Paragraph 175 of the German criminal code, male homosexuality was illegal in Nazi Germany. By 1938, even looks or touching between men could be cause for arrest. Punishment under the Nazis ranged from sentences of three or four months imprisonment to longer sentences, which usually meant hard labor. But some homosexuals were sent to concentration camps without judicial proceedings.
The exhibit opens on Sunday, Sept. 19 with a reception at 5 p.m. and runs through Nov. 15.