Gay Holocaust Exhibit in Belgrade

An exhibition documenting the Nazi treatment of gay people has opened in Belgrade.

According to ARTEQ, an association that helped organize the show in the Belgrade City Museum, the exhibition will seek to confront stereotypes and tackle prejudices around sexual minorities in Serbia.

Serbia has some of the lowest numbers for tolerance of gay people in the Balkans, according to surveys. In September, authorities banned the Belgrade gay pride parade, citing violent threats from right-wing and Orthodox activists.

After coming to power in Germany in 1933, the Nazis victimized tens of thousands of people because of their sexual orientation.

Homosexuals were sent to concentration camps, where they suffered a similar fate to millions of Jews and hundreds of thousands of Romany who were marked for death. While the Jews were forced to wear a yellow badge in the shape of the star of David, homosexuals were required to wear a pink triangle.

Homosexuals in Germany continued to suffer persecution after the end of World War II, as Nazi-era laws against them were kept in place for years.

The extent of Nazi crimes against homosexuals was only revealed in the late 1970s.

The exhibition, “Nazi terror over homosexuals 1933 – 1945,” runs at the Belgrade City Museum from December 2nd to 23rd.

The show has been jointly organised by ARTEQ with Queer Zagreb from Croatia. It is part-funded by the City of Belgrade and the Serbian Ministry of culture and information.

ARTEQ says:

“The objectives of this significant cultural and socially responsible project are to disclose the historical facts by using authentic documents from Nazi Germany era to raise awareness about suffering of the homosexuals under Nazi regime, to provide framework for combating stereotypes about LGBT persons in Serbian society, to promote tolerance towards minorities and to stimulate different social factors to take part in the process of fostering anti-fascist activism and building a non-discriminatory society.”

As well as the exhibits, visitors will have the chance to watch documentaries, a movie about the gay British computer scientist Alan Turing and a TV show on Belgrade pride by Serbian broadcaster B92.

In March, Macedonia opened the first Holocaust museum in the region.

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Rhonda B.
Rhonda B.5 years ago

Serbia, weren't they part of some countries that were split up a few years back because they kept trying to commit genocide on each other over religion? Doesn't look like they learned much.

Paul canning
Paul canning6 years ago

@Annmari L. et al - point taken on 'Macedonia'.

Blagoye Petkowich


Jackie Agusta
Jackie Agusta6 years ago

It's about time that their story is being told. Nobody has the right to judge anyone on their sexual orientation :-(

Lena T.
Lena T6 years ago

I hope such exhibitions make homophobic people realize how petty their hatred is.

HL Chris C.
H.L. Chris C6 years ago

To Lou E.
I respectfully disagree with 2 points that you are trying to make. 1. Gay pride parades do not " inflicting [sic] on other people's rights" any more than drunken Irish parades do. ( No offense intended to my festive Irish friends who show pride in their heritage.) And 2. You contend that gays should not ask the world to applaud their choices whereas heterosexual couples are forever asking the world to applaud their choices both in marriage and when the woman get's pregnant and has a baby. It's so common place that I'm betting you never even thought of it of it that way. But, believe me, as someone who has officiated many a heterosexual marriage, most certainly do not keep it quiet. And baby showers? We can agree on one thing anyway: "Let us all be "proud" for being good, kind citizens who care for each other's well being,"

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Unfortunately, the percecution of LGBT didn't end in 1945. All dictatorships since then have put LGBT in camps and prisons, into forced marriages, promoted attacks and encouraged murder. Let's not forget about the Holocaust and remind ourselves that it still goes on.
Finally: Macedonia is called FYROM = Former Yugoslavian Republic Of Macedonia. A courtesy due to opposition by the greeks, who claims Macedonia for themselves.

Rebecca S.
Rebecca S6 years ago

Thanks. We should recognize all the minorities in world war 2 from the jews to the homosexuals and the gypsies.

Allan Yorkowitz
.6 years ago

For Belgrade, this is incredible. I would have been less surprised by a Holocaust exhibit.

Lou E.
Lou E.6 years ago

The sexual orientation of each one of us should be a private matter!
These " pride parades"... are not necessary since are inflicting on other people's rights.,!

The definition of pride is:
•a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
•satisfaction with your (or another's) achievements; "he takes pride in his son's success"
•the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards
The word pride looses its context and power... when used for such "aspects of life"!
That does not mean we should not be tolerant to each other's sexual preference..
but let's face it;
Some cultures still see beauty in the union of a man and a woman.. as God created us this way; others see it other wise.
If God give us the freedom to choose.. then each ones'
preference is their alone not for the world to applaud it or not!
Let us all be "proud" for being good, kind citizens who care for each other's well being,
and not because of our sexual orientation right or wrong!
My opinion... of course!