Albert Knoll: presentation of Der Rosa-Winkel-Gedenkstein and the awarding of the André Delpech Prize

Albert Knoll began his book presentation by outlining the history of paragraph 175, which since coming into force in 1872 made sexual acts between men a punishable offence and was then tightened considerably in its application during the Nazi era. Drawing on biographies from prisoners in the Dachau concentration camp, Albert Knoll showed the grave consequences this had for homosexuals. He cited the example of Leopold Obermeier, who was imprisoned in Dachau in 1935 as a Jew and homosexual. The long years of struggle to have a commemorative plaque erected for homosexuals as a victim group was touched on only briefly. Along with other themes mentioned in his lecture, this issue is dealt with in greater detail in the book itself.

Albert Knoll bei der Preisverleihung

On March 18, 2016 Albert Knoll received the André Delpech Prize, awarded by the Comité International de Dachau since 2013 for outstanding services rendered to the remembrance of the Dachau concentration camp. At the award ceremony Jean-Michel Thomas, President of the CID, highlighted that for many years now Albert Knoll has tirelessly supported families in researching the fate of their relatives, displaying kindness and sensibility. He also paid tribute to Knoll’s enormous contribution to the ‘death book’: “Your work has become a reliable source of information on the more than 220,000 prisoners who arrived in Dachau over 13 years, as well as the alleged reasons for the Nazi persecution they had to endure.”