Screening: The End of the Silence. Documentary with Scenes by Van-Tien Hoang. / Das Ende des Schweigens. Dokumentarfilm mit Spielszenen von Van-Tien Hoang


Summer 1950: When the police in Frankfurt am Main pick up 17-year-old Otto Blankenstein, they find a notebook with the names of men on him. This was the start of a hunt involving around 240 investigations, 100 arrests and 75 charges, which are now known as the "Frankfurt homosexual trials of 1950/51". The basis was Section 175 of the Criminal Code, which was tightened in 1935 and applied unchanged in the Federal Republic until 1969. This continuity of persecution was also embodied in Frankfurt by the public prosecutor Fritz Thiede and the judge Kurt Ronimi, who had already taken legal action against homosexuals during the Nazi dictatorship. In addition to historians, the film also features Wolfgang Lauinger, who died in 2017 and was probably the last eyewitness to the “Frankfurt homosexual trials”.

Organizer: QueerNet Rheinland-Pfalz e. V. and bar every point of view.
Date and time: Wednesday, 2 February 2022 at 18:15 (CET).
Location: Bar of every view, Hintere Bleiche 29, 55116 Mainz.
Admission is free, registration is not required.