Among its many other crimes, the Nazi State carried out modern hsitory’s most deadly persecution of men accused of having sex with men. Until the 1980s, little was known about the anti-homosexuality campaign. Since then, there has been an explosion of scholarship. Recently, a wide-ranging, heated public debate among historians about the extent and nature of the campaign has broken out. It even got the attention of mainstream German media. This talk draws on new research on the anti-homosexuality campaign as well as on queer theory and trans studies to pose some new answers to old questions.
Laurie Marhoefer is an Assistant Professor in the UW Department of History. She is a historian of Weimar and Nazi Germany (1918-45). Her first book, Sex and the Weimar Republic: German Homosexual Empancipation and the Rise of the Nazis(2015), focused on the rise of the Nazis and the politics of sex and gender in Germany before 1933. She is currently working on a number of projects, including queer sexuality and transgender and the Nazi State, blackness and citizenship in Germany in the 1920s, and the transnational history of gay politics.
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