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The Holocaust Exhibition / Events / Sun 16 Feb 2020

“THE LESBIANS WERE REALLY VERY CRUEL”: QUEER DESIRE, HOMOPHOBIA,

“THE LESBIANS WERE REALLY VERY CRUEL”: QUEER DESIRE, HOMOPHOBIA,

16th February, 2:00pm
Dr Anna Hájková will explore queer sexuality amongst Jewish Holocaust victims and survivors.
This talk will explore same-sex desire among Holocaust victims in ghettos and concentration camps, the homophobic reaction of fellow prisoners, and the ongoing erasure of queer Jewish survivors from memory.

Sexuality was for Holocaust victims a crucial coping mechanism, an important resource, and a source of pleasure. However, it has hardly been researched in the Jewish history of the Holocaust, and has at best been used to provoke curiosity or titillation.

Anna Hájková discusses how queer sexuality was perceived by the protagonists and observers, how it came to be marked as deviant, and how it came to be one of the most stigmatised and erased aspects of the genocide. Finally, she asks how we can use erased queer voices to write a more inclusive history of the Holocaust.
Anna is associate professor of history at the University of Warwick. Her first book on Theresienstadt ghetto is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Her second book will explore queer desire in the Holocaust. In addition to her academic work, she is a queer history activist and public intellectual. She tweets at @ankahajkova.

For many years LGBTQI+ histories have been left untold or suppressed. LGBT History Month exists to promote equality and diversity through discovering and sharing diverse stories of often marginalised communities.

This programme is supported by a grant from The Association of Jewish Refugees.

For more information visit https://holocaustlearning.org.uk/events/anna-hajkova/

Event Location

Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre

Schwann Building Level 2 The University of, Huddersfield HD1 3DH
HD1 3DH

Telephone: 01484 471 939
Email: helc@hud.ac.uk
Website: https://holocaustlearning.org.uk/events/anna-hajkova/

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