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The University of Missouri-Kansas City, in partnership with the Kansas City Museum, presents
Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945

A Traveling Exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

February 16-April 10 | Free Admission
Hours: Su 1-11 p.m.; Mon-Thurs 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Dean’s Gallery, Miller Nichols Library, UMKC Volker Campus
800 E. 51st Street (at the intersection of 51st Street & Rockhill Road)

Metered parking at UMKC is available Monday - Friday in the lot directly North of Miller Nichols Library at Rockhill Road and 51st Street. Parking is open and free on Saturdays and Sundays.


From 1933-1945, Germany’s National Socialist government attempted to eradicate those who did not fit its idealistic model of a “master Aryan race.” Jews were the primary victims and six million were murdered in the Holocaust. Millions of others were persecuted for racial and political reasons, including homosexuals.


Visitors to this informational exhibition will learn about the Nazis’ attempt to eradicate homosexuality and terrorize German gay men into social conformity with arrests, convictions and incarcerations of tens of thousands of men in prisons and concentration camps.


Several programs will accompany the exhibition. Click here to learn more about these amazing programs.


Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 is presented in support of the Spring concert of Heartland Men’s Chorus, Falling in Love Again, March 23-24, 2013 at the Folly Theater. Details and ticket information are available at


The presentation of the exhibition is a project of GLAMA: the Gay and Lesbian Archive of Mid-America, a partnership of the Kansas City Museum and the LaBudde Special Collections Department of UMKC Libraries.


The UMKC-KCM-Heartland Men’s Chorus partnership Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 is presented concurrently with the Kansas City Museum exhibit Ours to Fight For: Kansas City during World War II.


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. has developed a wonderful online version of the exhibit. Click here to learn more about the exhibition and the Holocaust Museum.


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibitions program is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund, established in 1990.


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Photo Credits on splash page (from left right)

A 1907 political cartoon depicting sex-researcher Magnus Hirschfeld, ‘Hero of the Day,’ drumming up support for the abolition of Paragraph 175 of the German penal code that criminalized homosexuality. The banner reads, ‘Away with Paragraph 175!’ The caption reads, ‘The foremost champion of the third sex!’
Credit: Courtesy U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archives

Freundespdaar (Couple), by August Heitmuller
Schwules Museum/Gay Museum/, Berlin

German police file photo of a man arrested in October 1937 for suspicion of violating Paragraph 175.
Credit: Landesarchiv, Berlin

 “Solidarity.” Richard Grune lithograph from a limited edition series “Passion des XX Jahrhunderts” (Passion of the 20th Century). Grune was prosecuted under Paragraph 175 and from 1937 until liberation in 1945 was incarcerated in concentration camps. In 1947 he produced a series of etchings detailing what he witnessed in the camps. Grune died in 1983.
Credit: Courtesy Schwules Museum, Berlin

Prisoners at forced labor in the Mauthausen concentration camp. Beginning in 1943, homosexuals were among those in concentration camps who were killed in an SS-sponsored “extermination through work” program.
Credit: Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie, courtesy U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum