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FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education Co-sponsors Special Programming with Compass, Inc.

BOCA RATON, FL (November 19, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education in the College of Education has co-sponsored a program series with host, Compass, Inc., to promote the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition that examines the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

The following events will take place at Compass Inc., 201 North Dixie Highway, Lake Worth:

Exhibit – Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945
Thursday, December 6 through Sunday, January 27

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibit that examines the persecution of homosexuals during Nazi Germany will visit the Compass Gay and Lesbian Community Center in Lake Worth beginning Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, January 27.  Exhibit hours are between Monday and Friday. For more information, contact Julie Seaver at 561-533-9699 or

Tour – Student Tour and Talk with Norman Frajman
Thursday, December 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
***Media attendance only***

Students are invited to a take a tour and hear from Norman Frajman, a Holocaust survivor whose inmate camp leader was a gay man. Following the tour and talk, students are invited to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony of the exhibit at 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Lecture – Nazi Treatment of Homosexuals
Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m.

Geoffrey Giles, Ph.D. will present a lecture titled, “Deciding Who Was Really Gay: New Evidence from the Nazi Courts.”

Film – ‘Paragraph 175’
Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Directed by Oscar award winners, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, “Paragraph 175” records the Holocaust through the stories of several homosexual men and women who lived through it.  A guided discussion will follow the 81-minute film.

Lecture – Lesbians and Trans People in Nazi Germany
Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Laurie Marhoefer, Ph.D, assistant professor of history at Syracuse University, will discuss how lesbians in Nazi Germany faced terror and violence by the state and neighbors that proved deadly for some women, but had little effect on the lives of other women. Marhoefer’s examination of the ambivalent status of lesbians in Nazi Germany offers a view of how the Nazi state and society persecuted all types of people, perceiving them as threatening outsiders, but not directly targeting them in an orchestrated campaign of persecution.

Film – ‘Out of the Ashes’
Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Christine Lahti stars in this true-life account of Hungarian gynecologist, Dr. Gisella Perl, who survived the Holocaust by working as the head of the women’s infirmary at Auschwitz – a fact that landed her in serious political trouble when she immigrated to the United States in 1946. A discussion will follow.

Film – ‘Aimee & Jaguar’
Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Written by L.H. Wong, this film tells the story of Felice, an intelligent and courageous Jewish woman who lives under a false name and belongs to an underground organization, and Lilly, a devoted mother of four, though an occasional unfaithful wife, desperate for love. An unusual and passionate love between them blossoms despite the danger of persecution and nightly bombing raids.

Film and Panel Discussion – ‘Bullied:
A student, a School and a Case that Made History’
Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m.

“Bullied” is the story of Jamie Nabozny and his ordeal of unrelenting bullying that began in 6th grade. Jamie took a stand against bullying and the bullying he knew other students endured and went to court to fight for his right to be safe at school, even when one is gay. Following the film, a panel will present information about the state of bias and bullying in schools as well as what can be done about this serious problem.


For more information about these events and FAU’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, call Martha Brown at 561-297-2929 or visit


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