Theater: Walpurgisnacht

BENT by Martin Sherman

Dachau: 1936. The sun is hellish. Two men in prison garb stand in front of an electrified fence. Max (Richard Gere) and Horst (David Dukes) must carry heavy rocks from one side of the prison yard to the other, drop them in a pile and then carry them back. This task of inspired idiocy is designed not only to break their bodies but to crush their minds and spirits. Their crime: being homosexuals.

The Nazis herded countless thousands of homosexuals into concentration camps. They were regarded as degenerates, polluting the purity of Aryan blood. That is the documentary origin...

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