Symposium – Being homosexual in Europe during the Second World War (History, remembrance, commemoration)

What did homosexual men and women go through in Europe during the Second World War? How can those persecuted be commemorated?

70e-anniversaire-de-la-seconde-guerre-mondiale_article_demi_colonneIt is now a well-known fact that, during the Second World War, some homosexuals were arrested and deported to Germany. But anti-homosexual policies were also developed in other countries of Europe.

Few questions have so far been raised about the practical implementation of those policies, the extent of the persecution and the way in which European cities and states remember that period. Even now that there are increasing numbers of commemorative monuments across Europe keeping alive the memory of the homosexual victims.

This symposium, to be held on 27 March 2015 at the CNRS (Paris, Michel-Ange) will bring together the views of European historians and international specialists in remembrance policies. It has been distinguished by the label “70e anniversaire de la Libération et de la Victoire sur le nazisme“.

Anyone wishing to attend the colloquy must first REGISTER, either online at or by e-mail to:





PROGRAMME    27/03/2015 (9h30-18h)

Words of welcome (9:30)

Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe

– Prof. Eric Bussière, Director of the Laboratoire d’Excellence « Ecrire une histoire nouvelle de l’Europe » (Labex EHNE), Paris Sorbonne

Prof. Sandra Laugier, Deputy Director of the CNRS (SHS)

Keynote speakers (10:00)

Dr. Carole Reich, Adviser to the Council of Europe programme on “Passing on the Remembrance of the Holocaust and prevention of crimes against humanity: a cross-cutting approach”

Eleni Tsetsekou, Coordinator of the “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” (SOGI) Unit, Council of Europe

Panel I – Homosexuals and lesbians in the countries annexed or occupied by Nazi Germany

Introduction by Régis Schlagdenhauffen, PhD, Univ. Lorraine & Labex EHNE

Coffee break

Johann Kirchknopf, PhD, University of Vienna: the case of Austria

Judit Takacs, PhD, Academy of Sciences, Budapest: the case of Hungary

Jan Seidl, PhD, CEFRES, Prague: the case of Bohemia and Moravia

Frédéric Stroh, University of Strasbourg: the case of annexed Alsace and Moselle

(Moderator: Eleni Tsetsekou, Council of Europe)

Lunch break ( 12.30-2.00 p.m.)

Panel II –  Being homosexual or lesbian in unoccupied Europe

(Moderator : Corine Defrance, CNRS/Labex EHNE)

Lorenzo Benadusi, PhD, University of Bergamo: the case of Italy

– Raquel Osborne, Prof, UNED (National University of Distance Education, Madrid): the case of Spain

– Jens Rydström, Prof, University of Lund: the case of Sweden

– Arthur Clech, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS): the case of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Coffee break (4.00-4.30 p.m.)

 Panel III – Commemorating the persecuted                               

– Introduction: Gabi-Dolff Bonekämper, Prof, Technische Universität Berlin

–  Round table session with a view to the setting up of a European network of the cities which have commemorative monuments :
Serge Barcellini, France ; Mattias Duyves, Netherlands ; Adir Steiner, Israel, Yoomi Renström, Sweden.

Conclusions (5.30 p.m.)

Fabrice Virgili, Director of “Gender and Europe”, Labex EHNE, Sorbonne/CNRS

Jean-Philippe Restoueix, Responsible of the Council of Europe programme on “Passing on the Remembrance of the Holocaust and prevention of crimes against humanity: a cross-cutting approach”

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Régis Schlagdenhauffen.
Julie Le Gac (Labex EHNE) & Joana Kashi (Council of Europe)
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