37° – Mum, why did you do that? When a murder destroys childhood

The desperate act of the mother and the death of the father still shape the lives of Janine (23) and Jennifer (21) today. Again and again they ask themselves: “Why did this have to happen?” Even more: “What exactly happened back then?” The girls spend the first years together in the children’s home, then they are separated. Jennifer goes to a foster family when she is five. Janine stays in the home and is later given to another family. She is rebellious, at eleven she starts smoking, tries drugs. Jennifer is less conspicuous. The sisters almost lose sight of each other. It is only in the last three years that they see each other regularly again. Even after their mother’s imprisonment, there is no family life together. Jennifer has only seen her once. Janine, on the other hand, has met with her mother again and again in the past years. The last meeting ended in a scandal. And the mother does not want to talk to them about the crime. What exactly happened on 12 July 1996 – and why? “I think we have a right to know. We are traumatised by the crime and have to live with it. If we knew everything, maybe we could come to terms with it,” says Janine. The film accompanies Janine and Jennifer on their search for answers.

Broadcast date Am 01. September um 22:25 Uhr im ZDF
Length 30 Minuten
Written and directed by: Anna Grün
Editorial advisor: Martina Nothhorn
Production: Ulrike Römhild
Line producer: Anke Meyer
Producer: Brigitta Schübeler
Executive producer: Hartmut Klenke
Filming location: Münster, Aalen