University of Manchester Holocaust Memorial Day on Jews, Gay People and the Holocaust -- Online film series and panel discussion

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February 2, 2023 to February 8, 2023
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, German History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Sexuality Studies

University of Manchester and Manchester Reform Synagogue

Holocaust Memorial Day 2023: Jews, Gay People and the Holocaust

Online film series and live-streamed panel discussion with public Q&A, 2-8 February 2023


Chiming with the 25th anniversary of the release of the controversial landmark film Bent (UK / Japan 1997), the five films in this online series explore the predicaments of gay people and Jews during the Holocaust and its aftermath among the postwar generation. The concluding panel discussion with public Q&A brings together researchers with Jewish and LGBTQ community and cultural practitioners who will consider the distinct Holocaust histories and partly clashing cultural memories at hand.


On demand

Great Freedom (Austria / Germany 2021), d. Sebastian Meise

In post-war Germany, liberation by the Allies does not mean freedom for everyone. Hans is repeatedly imprisoned under Paragraph 175, which criminalizes homosexuality. Over the decades, he develops an unlikely bond with his cellmate Viktor.

Link: MUBICurzon HomeAmazon Prime(all subject to geoblocking; please check for your location)


Minyan (USA 2020), d. Eric Steele

Young David comes out in a community of Russian-Jewish Holocaust survivors in 1980s New York at the onset of the AIDS crisis. As David experiences a sexual and spiritual awakening, he begins to confront his intersecting identities as immigrant, Jew, and gay man.

Link: Peccadillo Pictures on DemandCurzon HomeAmazon Prime (all subject to geoblocking; please check for your location)


2 February 2023, 18.00-20.00 GMT

Aimée & Jaguar (Germany 1998), d. Max Färberböck

Felice, a young Jewish woman living undercover in war-time Berlin falls in love with Lilly, a devoted Nazi and mother of four. A glossy, highly melodramatic film with interspersed erotic scenes amidst unfolding tragedy.

Livestream, registration link


6 February 2023, 18.00-20.00 GMT

HaBuah (The Bubble, Israel 2006), d. Eytan Fox

In a group of young people living in contemporary Tel Aviv, the Israeli Jew Noam embarks on a troubled relationship with the Palestinian Arab Ashraf. The film’s exploration of ethnic strife and sexual difference in contemporary Israel climaxes when both men visit a theatrical performance of Martin Sherman’s play Bent.

Livestream, registration link


8 February 2023, 18.00-20.00 GMT

Bent (UK / Japan 1997), d. Sean Matthias

Max, a gay man from Berlin, is deported to Dachau concentration camp, where he hides his sexuality and instead poses as a Jew. Through his love for fellow inmate Horst, Max discovers the meaning of gay pride.

Livestream, registration link You only need to register once for both events on 8 Feb. 


8 February 2023, 20.00-21.00 GMT

Jews, Gay People and the Holocaust: Panel discussion with public Q&A

Panelists: Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen (Manchester Reform Synagogue and co-chair of Greater Manchester Citizens); Dr. Hannah Ewence (University of Chester); Dr. Andreas Pretzel (Magnus-Hirschfeld-Society, Berlin); and Greg Thorpe (curator, writer and cultural producer; festival Director for GAZE, Ireland’s international LGBTQ+ film festival). Moderation: Professor Cathy Gelbin (University of Manchester).

Livestream, registration link You only need to register once for both events on 8 Feb.


For further details please visit the University of Manchester CJS web pages.

Contact Info: 
Cathy Gelbin
Professor of Film and German Studies
Co-editor, Leo Baeck Institute Year Book. The Journal for German-Jewish History and Culture (Oxford Journals)
Department of Drama | School of Arts, Languages and Cultures  | University of Manchester  | Manchester M13 9PL  | UK