Exhibit on Nazi Persecution of Gay Men Opens in New York

Pieter Weinrieb, co-president of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo, would like the public to be aware that the Holocaust was not just about the Jews.

Roughly 1 million homosexual men lived in Germany in 1933, the year Adolf Hitler began his reign of killing and persecution.

“A male who commits lewd and lascivious acts with another male or permits himself to be so abused for lewd and lascivious acts, shall be punished by imprisonment,” Paragraph 175 states in part.

The actions and attitudes toward homosexual men are the subject of the exhibition “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945,” now on display at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibit opened Sunday and will remain on the main floor of the downtown library through July 16.

“We want the public to be aware that the Holocaust was not just about Jews,” said Pieter Weinrieb, co-president of the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo. “It was also about other races, creeds, political dissidents and sexual orientation … They were all considered degenerates in Nazi Germany.”

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