CfA USHMM Faculty Seminar: LGBTQ+ Histories of the Holocaust

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The 2021 Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar focuses on the history of LGBTQ+ people during the Holocaust, as well as the continued relevance of this history to understanding the discrimination that queer and trans people face today. The seminar will explore how the Nazi state persecuted, incarcerated, and interned men in concentration camps for the supposed crime of consensual sex with other men under §175 of the criminal code, with at least 5,000 perishing at the hands of Nazi state agents. At the same time, the seminar will highlight that there is so much more to the history of LGBTQ+ experiences during the Holocaust. 

Seminar Leaders
Jennifer V. Evans, Professor of European History, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Laurie Marhoefer, Associate Professor of History, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 

Guest Lecturer
Anna Hájková, Associate Professor of Modern European Continental History, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Seminar applicants can be at any career stage but must be teaching or anticipate teaching relevant courses at accredited institutions in North America. This seminar will occur entirely online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions over the course of five days, from January 4–8, 2021. Applications must be received in electronic form no later than November 1, 2020. For questions regarding the application process, please contact

This seminar is endowed by Edward and David Hess in memory of their parents, Jack and Anita Hess, who believed passionately in the power of education to overcome racial and religious prejudice.