Homosexual Prisoners in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

Public Lecture and Recital:

Suppressed, Silenced and Shunned: The Story of the Pink Triangle Prisoners in Hitler's Reich.

Presented by Dr. Susan Eischeid, Professor, Valdosta State University

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Guilford College
5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410
3:00 p.m. Moon Room

Sponsored by the Multicultural Education Department of Guilford College and the Bayard Rustin Center for LGBTQA Activism, Education and Reconciliation of Guilford College.

August 2012. Pink Triangle Project, Montreal, Canada.

The Pink Triangle Project is an ongoing multi-faceted and multi-national artistic endeavor and collaboration which commemorates through music and prose the homosexual victims of the Holocaust. The centerpiece of the Pink Triangle Project is a touring concert program featuring a new composition commemorating the homosexual victims of the Holocaust, which premiered in San Francisco in March of 2010. Written by noted German composer Stefan Heucke, the work is performed by Holocaust scholar and professional oboist Susan Eischeid, accompanied by piano and men's chorus. Although many musical compositions exist that commemorate other victims of the Holocaust, this is quite possibly the first to detail through music the experience and travails of the Pink Triangle prisoners. As part of the concert, Canadian poet and author Gina Roitman - herself a child of survivors - has written and delivers a new poem written in memory of the Pink Triangle prisoners. The performance week will also include a public lecture given by Dr. Eischeid titled "Suppressed, Silenced and Shunned: The Story of the Pink Triangle Prisoners in Hitler's Reich."

The concert and all related activities will be dedicated to the memory of those thousands of homosexual victims murdered by the Nazi regime. These individuals (forced by the Nazi regime to wear a pink triangle on their uniforms in the camps) faced inhuman conditions of brutality and persecution, resulting in one of the highest mortality rates for any group of prisoners during the Third Reich. Compounding the lack of attention given to these victims is the inability or unwillingness of the few survivors to share their experiences due to persecution after the war and continuing societal prejudices.

Our hope is that continued performances of this program will bring long delayed recognition to the largely forgotten experiences of these prisoners. We also hope to draw attention to the struggles still faced by many persons in our own society who continue to deal with issues of discrimination and prejudice, be it towards gender, sexual orientation, or simply for being