Klaus Mueller

Founder and Chair, 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 that was inaugurated in 2013, with participants from 34 countries, and issued its guiding principles to advance LGBT human rights the same year. In 2014, the German Foreign Office invited the Forum to Berlin to advise them on strengthening relations between embassies and LGBT human rights groups. At the 2015 meeting we started our three-year "Family Is…" project collecting testimonies for a global portrait of families today - ultimately producing 50 video interviews and a short film. In 2016, the Forum's first meeting in Asia took place in Chiang Rai, Thailand, to listen to and learn from a new generation of Asian leaders. In 2017 the Forum - now a network with fellows from 70 countries - focused on "Home" and refugees.

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 a gay-Jewish couple 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?' 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 Ph.D. in sociology and a master's degree in German literature and philosophy, both from the University of Muenster, Germany.


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