No one wants to talk about LGBT+ history. As if we didn’t exist outside the AIDS crisis and our suffering in the Holocaust is just the word “homosexual” in the list of those who were wronged, easily skipped over. This piece was inspired by those whose suffering is seen as a footnote, because they deserve to be brought back to life. Paragraph 175 refers to a longstanding provision of the German Criminal Code that outlawed homosexual acts between men.
Our main character Aloys and his lover Otto begin the story by hiding from the SS in an alleyway. They’re torn apart but reunited months later, with whispers of Allied forces amongst homosexual-specific horrors. As expectations mount the two dare to dream of a life together, of happiness. When the Allies attack the camp a soldier gets into the homosexual part of the camp and orders them all inside so they’re not shot. But once they obey he locks them in, rescuing everyone else while leaving them all to die.
Suphan, Jessica, "Paragraph 175" (2017). The Douglas R. Skopp Creative Competition on the Theme of the Holocaust. 7.