This talk will provide insights into LGBTQ+ Jewish people and communities in Germany and England in the 20th Century.
The talk will start by discussing the life-changing work of Magnus Hirschfeld.
It will then cover some experiences harassment and persecution that LGBTQ+ Jews experienced during, and in the aftermath of, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.
Finally, it will engage with the social justice work LGBTQ+ Jews were involved with in the 1970s-1990s, which includes establishing helplines and Jewish LGBTQ+ groups, Jewish responses to AIDS, and ordaining LGBTQ+ rabbis.
Our speaker will be Mie Astrup Jensen who is a PhD Candidate in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Hebrew & Jewish Studies at UCL who works on intersections between gender, sexuality, and religion. Her research explores non-heterosexual Jewish women’s lived experiences and practices in England and Israel.