(Above: Still from Vimeo’s ‘Paragraph 175.’ Source: YouTube screenshot)
175: The Journey, a 45-minute look at the persecution of Germany’s gays by the Nazis – and their continued oppression by both East and West Germany following World War II – premieres this Friday, June 29, at 9 pm ET/PT on Jewish Life Television (JLTV), streaming free at jltv.tv/watchjltv.php.
You can also watch 175: The Journey anytime on YouTube, where the film’s producer/writer/director Yael Deynes posted it two years ago. Or view it right here:
The “175” in the film’s title comes from Paragraph 175, a German law against homosexual acts that was on the books for some 60 years but rarely enforced until the Nazi regime – which strengthened the provision and pursued it with a deadly vengeance. After the war, Paragraph 175 was the only Nazi law kept on the books. It was finally abolished in 1994 following German reunification.
If you subscribed to HBO in the early 2000s, you might remember an earlier documentary about Paragraph 175. Narrated by Rupert Everett, Paragraph 175 focused on interviews with five survivors of the Nazi persecution. The 81-minute film is now available to stream from Vimeo for $4.99. Paragraph 175’s directors had previously helmed The Celluloid Closet and two Oscar winners, Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt and The Times of Harvey Milk.
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