100,000 homosexuals were arrested under the Nazi regime, citing a seldom observed but long existing clause in German law (Paragraph 175). A large percent went to concentration camps, where most died. After the war, unlike other Third Reich victims, their crimes were never “cleared” by (either) German government. While the punishment was much less severe after the fall of the Nazis, anti-homosexuality laws remained on the books for decades. This movie tracks down a handfull of survivors (at the time of shooting, there was said to be only ten left) and lets them tell their stories. One man has never spoken about his experiences before. Another sees nothing odd that after he was released from prison and lied about being “reformed” he went and joined the Nazi army. A fascinating, depressing movie.
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Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
He is the host of ENGAGE: The Official Star Trek Podcast, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and challenges you to a game of backgammon.