November 2019

  • Gay life in the shadow of persecution. Witness discussion

    17. November 2019

    15:00 - 17:00

    Gedenkstätte Bergen-Belsen

    Gay life in the shadow of persecution. Witness discussion

    17. November 2019

    15:00 - 17:00

    50 years ago, on 1 September 1969, a revised version of Paragraph 175 of the Criminal Code of the Federal Republic of Germany entered into force. Prior to this, the stricter version of the "gay paragraph" that had been introduced by the Nazis in 1935 had remained in effect in West Germany. From 1945 to 1969, there were around 61,000 convictions of homosexual men in the Western zones and then in West Germany – more than in the Nazi period.

    How did gay men live in the 1950s and 1960s in the face of raids and investigations by the police and judiciary? How did the threat of criminal prosecution, social ostracism and even blackmail affect the self-image of these men at the time? How did all of this impact the relationships between homosexual men, and what were the consequences for their social and political activities? These questions will be addressed in a eyewitness discussion with four gay men who were young adults in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Moderation: Dr Thomas Rahe

    A cooperative event between the Bergen-Belsen Memorial and Andersraum e.V.

    Location: Andersraum, Asternstr. 2, Hanover

     

December 2019