The annual Holocaust and Genocide Education Program, sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures, continues with film screenings Tuesday and Wednesday. A lecture, "The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals," will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29. All events will be held in 212 MacMillan Hall.
“Rwanda: Do Scars Ever Fade?” will be shown at 3:30 p.m. and at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. The film has received many awards, including a 2004 Peabody Award and the United Nations Department of Information's Bronze Award for Excellence.
“Paragraph 175” will be shown at 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. The film received Best Documentary Film award at the 2000 Berlin International Film Festival, among many other awards.
Clayton Whisnant, associate professor of European history, Wofford College, will present “The Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals: Violence, Memory and Politics in Germany” at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29.
Underneath Hitler's regime, homosexuals were one of the many groups that the Nazi government targeted as "enemies of the German people." Along with Jews, Communists, the Sinti and Roma ("Gypsies"), Jehovah Witnesses, and a broader group of vaguely-defined "asocials," male homosexuals were arrested in mass, subjected to brutal interrogations, and sent to the Nazi concentration camps. There, perhaps as many as 10,000 of them died. After the fall of the Nazi regime, maintaining some memory of this event has become one of the chief goals of the homosexual movement.
Whisnant’s talk will review information that is known about the Nazi persecution, review the historical debate about why homosexuals became targeted, and then suggest some of the ways that the memory of this persecution has shaped homosexual politics since 1945.
The Holocaust and Genocide Education Program is sponsored by the Center for American and World Cultures with support from many other campus organizations.