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Dr. Timm co-teaches Faculty seminar at U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Participants of the 2017 Hess Seminar at the USHMM. Dagmar Herzog and Annette Timm are first and second from the Right.

Together with Prof. Dagmar Herzog, Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, Dr. Annette Timm was selected to co-teach the Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar at the Mandel Center of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., this past January. The annual seminar is funded by Jack and Anita Hess and allows college and university faculty members from all disciplines to engage in an intense week of scholarly discussion geared towards improving their techniques or preparing them to teach the Holocaust or Holocaust-related courses. Between January 9 and 13, 2017, Timm and Herzog taught the course “Gender and Sexuality in the Holocaust” to 21 faculty members from across North America and from a wide range of disciplines, including not only history, but also literature, political science, and anthropology. They led participants through discussions about how gender norms and human sexuality affected the lives of perpetrators, bystanders and victims, suggesting ways that the vast archival collections of the USMHH could be used to teach this sensitive subject to undergraduates. Relying on path-breaking recent research that will soon contribute to the restructuring of the USHMM’s permanent exhibit, the seminar focused on how National Socialist ideologies of sexuality, race, and gender were used to justify the violent exclusion of “non-Aryan” groups from the idealized German national body. Specific subjects addressed included: sexual violence; eugenics; forced sterilization and euthanasia; instrumental sex; reproductive experimentation; sexual slavery in the military and in the concentration camps; the persecution of homosexuals; voyeurism and public shaming; and the various ways in which sexuality and race were linked in Nazi ideology and propaganda.

March 2017