HISTORY AND MEMORY OF THE NAZI PERSECUTION OF HOMOSEXUALS

Dr. Erik Jensen, Miami University, United States

March 2017

About our Guest: Dr. Erik Jensen is a historian and an associate professor in the Department of History at Miami University in the United States. He is the author of Body by Weimar: Athletes, Gender, and German Modernity (2010), and of several peer-reviewed journal articles.

Interviewer: Ana Fonseca

Description: Dr. Jensen discusses his article, "The Pink Triangle and Political Consciousness: Gays, Lesbians, and the Memory of Nazi Persecution," published in 2002 in the Journal of the History of Sexuality, which traces the development of collective memories of Nazi persecution in both the American and German homosexual communities over the span of thirty years, while providing insights into the relatively less known legacies and memories of Nazi persecution.

What was the pink triangle during the Nazi regime? How has this symbol spoken to more contemporary struggles of the homosexual community? Can we talk about a holocaust of homosexuals in the same way we talk about the genocide of Jewish people that occurred during the Nazi regime? Dr. Jensen addresses these and other key questions during this conversation.

RH- History and Memory of the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals

Keywords/themes: 
Non-Jewish groups persecuted by the Nazis, Nazi persecution of homosexuals, homosexual men, pink triangle, Nazism, National Socialism, holocaust, collective memory, past and present.

"We are very much shaped by our contemporary context. When we go to the archives and look at documents and start thinking about the past, we can't remove ourselves from our present-day mentalities."

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CITING THIS INTERVIEW: 

Audio: Jensen, Erik. "History and Memory of the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals." Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, audio, March 2017 https://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2017-03-erik-jensen-miami-university-united-states-history-and-memory-of-the-nazi-persecution-of-homosexuals.

Transcription: Jensen, Erik. "History and Memory of the Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals." Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, transcription, March 2017 https://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2017-03-erik-jensen-miami-university-united-states-history-and-memory-of-the-nazi-persecution-of-homosexuals.

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