Paragraph 175

Rob Epstein / Jeffrey Friedman

United States, Germany, United Kingdom 2000, 81 min.


Spoken language: English, French, German

Subtitles: English

Homosexuals were one of the least known groups targeted for persecution by the Nazi's. At last survivors can now come forward with their stories. One of them relates his entrapment and arrest by the Gestapo, the eight years he spent in concentration camps, and the pain of keeping his "shameful" past a secret to this day. Another survivor tells of a series of prisons and concentration camps where he was detained under Paragraph 175, the anti-homosexual law of the Third Reich. When the international community prosecuted Nazi leaders in Nuremberg in 1946, neither the atrocities committed against homosexuals nor the anti-gay legislation and measures were mentioned. Only in the 1990s researchers such as Klaus Muller of the Washington Holocaust Museum, the pivot of this documentary, started a systematic inventory of these life stories.

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