Gina Roitman’s incredible poem!

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.”

2 Responses to “Gina Roitman’s incredible poem!”

  • Linda Fox says:

    Gina’s poem is indeed incredible…and very moving. Thank you Gina

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