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Klaus Mueller

Program Consultant, Salzburg Global LGBT Forum

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. The Salzburg Global LGBT Forum advances the human rights of LGBT people and communities around the world. Founded in 2013, it has created a trusted 70-country network of LGBT and human rights leaders to facilitate open exchange and collaboration in highly-diverse contexts, spanning government, law, diplomacy, religion, finance, media and culture. Klaus also serves as the chair of Salzburg Global’s multi-year series on Holocaust Education and Genocide Prevention.

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 Anne Frank the Writer: An Unfinished Story and developed Do You Remember When?, an online exhibit on a gay-Jewish couple in Nazi Berlin. Since 2009, he has served on the US delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. 

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), which 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? was shown across South Africa since 2013. In June 2015, he curated In the Pink Triangle: A Memorial Space for the larger exhibition Homosexualities at the German-Historical 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 master’s degree in German literature and philosophy and a Ph.D. in sociology, both from the University of Muenster, Germany.