For several decades up until the 1980s, thousands of young Swiss people were thrown into jail without trial, sent to live with foster families or forced into children’s homes, or even sterilised. Their crime? Behaviour that was judged to be threatening by a society obsessed with order and conformity. This documentary uses witness testimony, personal archives and original documentation to tell the story of the ordeal suffered by these children, and deciphers a political and social system that drove respectable citizens to exclude others for the sake of their own moral values.
In the former GDR, more than 10,000 children are estimated to have been taken from their families and placed in harsh children's homes or adopted. We hear their stories.More info
In Tuam, Ireland, a hidden mass grave containing the remains of some 800 children was discovered on the former grounds of a home for single mothers.More info