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Virtual Program: LGBTQ+ Life and Death under the Nazi State

February 3, 2022 | 6:30pm CDT


Explore how the Nazi state reacted to lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people with a lively lecture presented by Laurie Marhoefer, a historian of queer and trans people. Laurie Marhoefer is the Jon Bridgman Endowed Associate Professor of History at the University of Washington. Alongside Nazi police files on gay men, Marhoefer will highlight real stories and experiences from trans women, Jewish lesbians, and women who were married to men and had affairs with women, challenging how we think of LGBTQ+ people as Holocaust victims. She will also discuss ways that race impacted cases where people were accused of sex and gender “crimes,” like “cross dressing” and “unnatural fornication.”

Reservations are required. Members must sign in to take advantage of their member discount.

Non-Members: $5.00; Members: Free

Presenting Sponsors

Susan L. Karkomi & Marvin J. Leavitt / Karkomi Family Fund

Lester & Edward Anixter Family Foundation

Brenda & Lance Feis

Mindy & Jonathan Gray


Bernbaum Family Charitable Fund, in honor of Harry & Harriet Bernbaum

Additional Funders

Morris & Judith Rosenzweig Family Foundation

Juliet & Michael Gray

Matthew Saleski

Laura Elizabeth Tanner

Golder Family Foundation

Media Partners

Community Partners: Center on Halsted; The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame; Equality Illinois; The Legacy Project; Making Gay History; Or Chadash of Temple Sholom of Chicago

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement was developed by the Newseum. The Newseum is an affiliate of the Freedom Forum, whose mission is to foster First Amendment freedoms for all.

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