It’s been a big week for WWII related news. Two discoveries have come to light, but they’re quite different.
First, we found out that 94-year-old man in Minnesota was once a top commander of the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion and later as an officer in the SS Galician Division. He’s now being investigated by both Polish and US officials. Read the story from the Huffington Post here.
Then, we heard that a possible escape tunnel was found under the site of the Sobibor death camp in Poland. Read that story from USA Today here.
Reading these stories adds even more depth to understanding the plight of the prisoners of concentration camps during the Holocaust and what people like the characters of “Bent” might have had to live through in real life.
“Bent” is a moving and heavy show. There are moments of levity, but it serves to educate us about this time in history and particularly what the homosexuals who were sent to concentration camps went through.
One of the audience members from Friday left us this message:
Congratulations to the cast and crew of the Dominion Stage production of “Bent.” It was an incredibly brave, and powerful, performance that punched a hole straight through my chest. Absolutely stunning.
Please join us for the final weekend of performances!
BENT by Martin Sherman
Directed by Shawn g. Byers
Produced by Amy Solo
The play revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives. The title of the play refers to the slang word “bent” used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals. When the play was first performed, there was only a trickle of historical research or even awareness about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. In some regards, the play helped increase that historical research and education in the 1980s and 1990s.
Thursday, June 20 @ 8 pm
Friday, June 21 @ 8 pm
Saturday, June 22 @ 8 pm
For more info and to purchase tickets visit the Dominion Stage Website
Performances for BENT will be at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. Arlington, VA 22206