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Klaus Mueller

Founder and Chair, Salzburg Global LGBT Forum, Salzburg Global Seminar

Dr. Klaus Mueller (kmlink Consultancy) works as an international consultant for museums, foundations and NGOs.Klaus is the founder and chair of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum that was inaugurated in 2013 at Salzburg Global Seminar with the session LGBT and Human Rights: New challenges, next steps. The Forum issued the Salzburg LGBT Statement promoting principles and recommendations to advance LGBT human rights. In 2014, the Global LGBT Forum and the German Federal Foreign Office hosted an international working group and public symposium in Berlin on strengthening relationships between embassies and LGBT human rights groups. At the 2015 meeting in Salzburg, the Global LGBT Forum focused on social cohesion, storytelling and the role of family.

Based in Berlin, Klaus works for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC as the Museum's Representative for Europe on the Museum's core themes of Holocaust documentation and education, Antisemitism today and genocide prevention. During the conception of the Museum's permanent exhibition, Klaus, an expert on the persecution of homosexuals under Nazi rule, served as a consultant, researching and overseeing the inclusion of material documenting the experiences of homosexuals under Nazism.

He co-curated the Museum's exhibition on Anne Frank The Writer: An unfinished Story and developed Do you remember when, an online exhibit on Jewish Youth in Nazi Berlin. Since 2009 he is part of the US delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Since 2010 he serves as Chair of Salzburg Global's Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Initiative.

Klaus taught film history at the University of Amsterdam and worked as an independent filmmaker. He was initiator, research director, and associate producer of the award-winning film Paragraph 175 (2000), which profiles gay survivors of Nazi persecution, and assistant director of But I was a Girl (1999), that documents lesbian Dutch resistance fighter Frieda Belinfante. Among other publications, he published two books in Dutch, portraying Dutch gay men and women in the resistance and documenting current research on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. Based on these publications, he developed an exhibition for the Netherlands (2006-2012) which addressed the civic questions at hand and was redeveloped for the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation. In whom can I still trust? opened in 2013 in Cape Town. In June 2015, he curated In the Pink Triangle: a Memorial Space for the larger exhibition Homosexualities at the German-Historical Museum and Gay Museum in Berlin.

He has published many articles in museum journals and in 2005 served as guest editor for the American journal Curator's Special Issue on Museums and Globalization. Klaus holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a master's degree in German literature and philosophy, both from the University of Muenster, Germany. Email: km@kmlink.net; website: www.kmlink.net

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