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Geoffrey Giles Speaks About Punishing Homosexuals in Nazi Germany at Kent State University (09/11/2009)

Geoffrey GilesKent State University's Jewish Studies Program is honored to host speaker Geoffrey Giles on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 at 7:30 p.m., at the Kent Campus' Kiva. The presentation is free and open to the public. 

Giles' presentation, "Punishing Homosexuals in Nazi Germany," will explore the treatment of homosexuals housed in Nazi concentration camps. After the Jews, homosexual inmates in the camps were treated worse than any other category of prisoner. Giles will discuss punishment and judicial systems for suspected homosexuals, and Nazi attempts to identify "real" homosexuals as opposed to those who could be "cured."

 "When people think about the concentration camps, typically we think only about the Jews and their plight," says Richard Steigmann-Gall, Director of the Jewish Studies Program and Associate Professor of History at Kent State.  "It is refreshing that Geoffrey has dedicated so much research to bringing to light the persecution of homosexuals as well. This should be an eye-opening lecture for many of us."

Giles is a professor of history at the University of Florida who, over the past 15 years, has led several traveling study seminars for college faculty to meet with museum staff at the death camps and other Holocaust sites, on behalf of the Holocaust Educational foundation, for which he is an honorary consultant. Giles also serves on the State of Florida Education Commissioners Task Force on Holocaust Education.

For more information, please call 330-672-8924.

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Media contacts:
Richard Steigmann-Gall,, 330-672-8924
Kevin Brosien,, 330-672-8589


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