What can be more tender, what can be more innocent - than a kiss?
But during the Third Reich even kisses among men were forbidden, and thousands of gay people were persecuted and put into concentration camps. There was a pink triangle fastened to their prison uniforms.
And still today gay and lesbian people are persecuted in many parts of the world.
Violence and discrimination against them happens also in "civilized" countries. Every day.
So this pieces is a remembrance of the persecution in the past and the discrimination today.
It is therefore devoted "to a friend´s friend"...
Enjoy this very special piano work and the outstanding interpretation by pianist Hal Freedman from Philadelphia / USA. The score of this piece you find here:
The picture is taken from the "Memorial to Homosexuals persecuted under Nazism" in Berlin, where an endless film show two men (and in a more recent version also two women) kissing each other.
More works of this collaboration project with Hal Freedman will be published soon.
We are planning a free-download-album on BandCamp and a charity album on iTunes and many other platforms. All revenues (if there are any...) will go to relevant charities.
We want the messages of this "Holocaust Remembrance Suite" with pieces like "The Kiss", "The white Rose" and more to spread as far as possible.
So please feel free to download the recordings and the scores already here and share wherever appropriate!
Thank you also for reposting and sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+ etc.
My beautiful fallen brothers,
Du und ich sind die gleichen.
There is now a shrine in a park
that tells your sad story
to the world.
It is on this sacred ground
that you are honored,
your dignity as human beings,
Rivers of tears I shed
for your grievous suffering,
for the loss,
You are loved by many,
remembered by many,
cherished by many.
Your destiny is in our hands now.
Rest in peace.