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Klaus Mueller

European Representative, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Klaus Mueller is the Chair and Program Director of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum. Outside of his Salzburg role, Klaus works as an international consultant (kmlink Consultancy) for museums, foundations and NGOs, as well as for book and film projects. In 2013 he initiated and chaired a new Global LGBT Forum that was inaugurated with the Salzburg Global Seminar program ‘LGBT and Human Rights: New Challenges, Next Steps’ and that issued the Salzburg LGBT Statement promoting principles and recommendations to advance LGBT human rights. Klaus taught film history at the University of Amsterdam and has worked as an independent filmmaker. He was the 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), documenting the life of lesbian Dutch resistance fighter and conductor 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 was redeveloped on behalf of the South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation and opened in 2013 in Cape Town. He serves on the scientific Advisory Board of the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Foundation. Based in Berlin, he 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 recording the life of a Jewish Youth in Nazi Berlin. Since 2009 he is part of the US delegation to the Task Force for International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. Since 2010 he chairs the Salzburg Global’s Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention Initiative. He has published various articles in international museum journals and in 2005 served as guest editor for the American museum journal Curator’s issue on museums and globalization.  He is a founding board member of the ICOM International Committee of Memorial Museums. Klaus holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a master's degree in German literature and philosophy, both from the University of Muenster, Germany.