Two Companion Exhibits – "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945," and "Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People" – To Open Feb. 12 at UNC Asheville


UNC Asheville will host the North Carolina debut of the traveling historical exhibition, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945, produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The university will also host the traveling exhibition Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People, created by the nonprofit organization Family Diversity Projects based in Amherst, Mass.

Both exhibitions will be on view from Feb. 12-April 7, and are free and open to everyone. Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 will be on view in Ramsey Library, open during regular library hours. Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People will be on view in Karpen Hall, weekdays from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Through reproductions of historic photographs and documents, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945 examines the Nazi regime’s attempt to eradicate homosexuality, which left thousands dead and shattered the lives of many more. Pioneering Voices: Portraits of Transgender People features photographs and interviews with transgender people of all ages, and with their partners and children.

Lectures, film screenings and discussions will complement the exhibitions:

  • Reception in Ramsey Library, 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 preceding the keynote lecture.
  • Keynote lecture by Miami University Associate Professor of European History Erik Jensen, a specialist in the history of Germany and of gender and sexuality. 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in Humanities Lecture Hall. Free and open to everyone.
  • Screening of Paragraph 175, a documentary which takes its name from the part of the German penal code used by the Nazis to arrest homosexuals and send thousands to concentration camps where many perished. The film was directed by Academy Award-winners Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. Tickets at the box office 30 minutes before show time.
  • Beyond Kinder, Küche, Kirche' (children, kitchen, church): Gender and Sex under National Socialism, a lecture by Eric Roubinek, UNC Asheville assistant professor of history. Noon on Tuesday, March 7 in the Highsmith Union Intercultural Center. Free and open to everyone.
  • Panel discussion: Gender Minorities in Faith Traditions, featuring members of Asheville’s clergy. 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4 in Karpen Hall, room 038. Free and open to everyone.

To arrange docent-led tours and for more information, contact Deborah Miles, director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education, at or 828.232.5024.