When Adolf Hitler and the Nazis set out to create a "master Aryan race," it wasn't only the Jews they wanted to do away with. Although Jews were the most significant group of victims of the Nazis' systematic imprisonment and murder, other targeted groups included anyone with mental and physical disabilities, Jehovah's Witnesses, Roma (or "Gypsies") and homosexuals. Through reproductions of some 250 historic photographs and documents, The Dallas Holocaust Museum's new show, Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945, an exhibition curated by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, examines the impact of the Nazi regime's attempt to eradicate homosexuality within Germany and its territories that left thousands dead and destroyed the lives of thousands more. The Nazi state, through persecution under a provision of criminal law, attempted to terrorize German homosexuals into sexual and social conformity. Between 1933 and 1945, about 100,000 German men were arrested as "criminal" homosexuals; some 50,000 were convicted and sentenced to prison. After 1942, an estimated 5,000 to 15,000 of the gay prisoners were sent to concentration camps, where a majority of them died. The eye-opening exhibition runs through September 5 at the Dallas Holocaust Museum, 211 N. Record St. Tickets to the museum are $6 to $8. Call 214-741-7500 or visit dallasholocaustmuseum.org for more information.
June 4-Sept. 5, 2011