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Rudolf Brazda

August 29, 2012

In terms of history, we value the last, the final.  Rudolf Brazda was the last man to wear the pink triangle, the Nazi-appointed symbol forced upon homosexuals in the Third Reich.  Brazda, openly gay, was imprisoned in Buchenwald for his ‘crime’ where he spent some three years between 1942-45 and in this clip Brazda talks about his experiences.  During the last few years of his life Brazda’s personal history became increasingly valued and some efforts were made to honour his experiences and contribution to holocaust studies, before he died age 98 in 2011.  You can read more about Brazda’s life here.

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  1. September 19, 2012 8:11 am

    An amazing film – thanks for bringing it to our attention. Its incredible that Brazda sits in (what seems to be) a busy restaurant and tells his story. Makes me think about the discussions we’ve been having about ‘space’ for work with difficult histories. Perhaps ‘space’ or ‘place’ (at least in the architectural sense), matter little, and ‘framing’ of the experience of telling is all? Or perhaps it says more about the number of times and ways in which Brazda has previously recounted his experiences? Perhaps his has become a practiced – but considered – narrative (to borrow a term from my friend/scholar/photographer Daniel Meadows). Maybe he has found a way of talking about it, even if not a way of making sense of it.

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