Buchenwald Memorial Mittelbau-Dora Memorial Museum Zwangsarbeit im NS

Black Bright Night - A Scenic Installation

25.10.2023 ‒ 27.10.2023, 16:00 PM‒22:00 PM


Former Inmates' canteen at the Buchenwald memorial site

Unfortunatly the Event is in German only.

Due to the size of the room, please register if you would like to participate with a group (rhirte@buchenwald.de).

The following dates are available:
Wednesday, 25 October 2023, 2.00 p.m.
Thursday, 26 October 2023, 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.
Friday, 27 October 2023, 2.00 p.m. and 6.45 p.m.

On 9 and 10 November 1938, around 460 attacks on Jewish citizens took place in Düsseldorf alone. These actions, planned throughout the country, went down in history as the November pogrom, as a result of which almost 10,000 men were deported to the Buchenwald concentration camp - among them at least twelve Düsseldorfers. The destruction of prayer houses was carried out that night, as was the destruction of personal property. Contemporary and eyewitnesses reported the invasion of private rooms, violent attacks and deaths. The events were a first sad climax of the systematic expulsion and extermination policy of the Nazi regime. Many more were to follow.

In a scenic installation, the theatre collective Pièrre.Vers approaches the events of that night using the example of Düsseldorf. Based on archived eyewitness accounts from the Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Düsseldorf, the events are negotiated in a long overdue trial situation. On the table are newspaper cuttings, decreed paragraphs on the systematic impediment of Jewish life and personal reports from former Jewish citizens of Düsseldorf, who are given a voice by the actors. Voices that claim their rights. Their rights to freedom of opinion and religion, their right to property and ownership. Their human rights.

Sequence of events
1. introduction with colleagues from the Buchenwald Memorial (duration 30 minutes)
2. performance of the scenic installation (duration 70 minutes)
3. a joint discussion between the audience, Buchenwald Memorial colleagues and the artists of the project.

Target audience
Thematically, the event is aimed at all people over the age of 15.
The dialogue with experts is an essential part of the project.
In addition to the event, the historical sites of Buchenwald can be visited, for example the memorial stone commemorating the Jewish special camp in 1938/39.

The theatre collective Pièrre.Vers
is an association of theatre makers under the artistic direction of director Christof Seeger-Zurmühlen and actress Julia Dillmann.Since 2012, the collective has been developing performative, immersive formats in public and semi-public spaces.In 2022, they ended the cycle 'Historification - Gegenwart im Spiegel der Geschichte' (Historification - Present in the Mirror of History) with the production Endstation fern von hier (End Station Far From Here), which deals with the increasing nationalism in politics and society.From 2022, the theatre collective Pièrre.Vers will receive top-level funding from the state of NRW.The concept 'HiddenHiStories', which builds on this, currently deals with the influences and effects of right-wing violence in the recent history of the city of Düsseldorf and the Federal Republic of Germany. The current production Dunkeldorf deals with the Wehrhahn Attack 2000 in Düsseldorf.

The project is funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education.

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