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By the 1920's, Berlin had become known as a homosexual eden, where gay men and lesbians lived relatively open lives amidst an exciting subculture of artists and intellectuals. With the coming to power of the Nazis, all this changed. Between 1933 and 1945 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code dating back to 1871. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. Of the latter, only about 4,000 survived. Today, fewer than ten of these men are known to be living. Five of them have now come forward to tell their stories for the first time in this powerful new film. The Nazi persecution of homosexuals may be the last untold story of the Third Reich. Paragraph 175 fills a crucial gap in the historical record, and reveals the lasting consequences of this hidden chapter of 20th century history, as told through personal stories of men and women who lived through it: the half Jewish gay resistance fighter who ...Written by
Following World War II, there were varying approaches to Paragraph 175 in East and West Germany. In 1950, East Germany decided to abolish the Nazi-era amendments to Paragraph 175, and to restore the form of the Paragraph that was used by the Weimar Republic (1918-1933). West Germany decided to keep the Nazi-era amendments, until modifying the Paragraph in 1969. See more »
This film is fantastic. What a powerful 80 minutes of film. It was so informative and emotional without shoving anything down your throat. The way the delicate and sensitive subject matters were handled was graceful and respectful. Kudos.
It made me feel angry, sad, and compassion for the people that are struggling to voice their stories without making a fiasco out of what happened to them.
Like so many other documentaries, this one did not try and play with my emotion with overly sappy music or editing. It was simple and precise. The music was haunting and had the perfect mood for the piece. The interviews were not overly edited for dramatic effect, but were simple and honest.
I watched it twice. Cried both times. And I feel more educated and compassionate for renting this great film.
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