Archive for January, 2010
As you know, we are nearing the culmination of our many Pink Triangle Project activities. Canadian poet and author Gina Roitman has written a new poem in honor of the Pink Triangle victims that will be read at the world premiere concert. Gina has just shared this with me and it is incredible – evocative, searing, and profound. The title is “Der Hundertfuenfundziebziger” (The 175er), which refers to Paragraph 175, an act written into the German penal code in 1871 which made homosexual acts between males a crime. When the Nazi regime came to power, Paragraph 175 was rewritten and strengthened to precisely target gay men.
In Germany, both before and after the war, a 175er was the epithet for a gay man. Gina says, “most compelling to me, however, was that this section of law in West Germany was not abolished until 1994. For a survivor, that made revealing your story dangerous. Most died without ever telling it. It is to those silent victims of persecution that I dedicate this poem.”
Miep Gies, one of Anne Frank’s protectors, died this week at the age of 100. Miep, along with 3 others, risked death to hide Anne and her family from the Nazis. The Associated Press cites an online interview Miep did in 1997, wherein she stated very strongly that she did not consider herself a hero. “Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary person.” Unfortunately, in those days, there was nothing ordinary about her. She WAS a hero, in every sense of the word. Rest in peace, Miep.
Wow, it’s 2010 already and we are entering our final countdown for the events of the Pink Triangle Project! All musicians are working hard and the planning and logistics for all lectures and film series are finalized and ready to go. Help us spread the word about these exciting events! Fund raising continues, so please forward our information to anyone you think may be able to help. Even small amounts add up and together we can, and will, make this happen. Thank you for your continued support!