Poems about the holocaust concentration camps
...I never saw another butterfly... by Hana VolavkovaThis is a heart-breaking and yet sweet book of childrens poems, diary entries and artwork from Terezin, a Czech concentration during WWII. These children dream of home, the fleeting presence of butterflies and birds, ponder the loss of friends, and imagine a possible escape from the horror of their situation.
Almost all these artists died at Terezin or were later shipped to Auschwitz where they perished. A very few children survived: only .67% (100 out of 15,000). I love the following poem, most likely written by a child who only lived a few more years at most:
He doesnt know the world at all
Who stays in his nest and doesnt go out.
He doesnt know what birds know best
Nor what I want to sing about,
That the world is full of loveliness.
When dewdrops sparkle in the grass
And earths aflood with morning light,
A blackbird sings upon a bush
To greet the dawning after night.
Then I know how fine it is to live.
Hey, try to open up your heart
To beauty; go to the woods someday
And weave a wreath of memory there.
Then if the tears obscure your way
Youll know how wonderful it is
To be alive.
Holocaust survivor reads poem to mark 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation
Writers and Poets in the Ghettos
Under terrible living conditions in the ghettos and facing the constant threat of deportation, Jews sought to preserve their humanity and their culture through song and verse. Beginning in , German authorities segregated Polish Jews in ghettos , or restricted zones. Under terrible living conditions and the constant threat of deportation, Jews sought to preserve their humanity and their culture through song and verse. The Yiddish poem "Es Brent" It's Burning by Mordecai Gebirtig written in in response to a pogrom in Poland became the anthem of the underground resistance in the Krakow ghetto. Gebirtig continued to write both after he fled from Krakow to nearby Lagiewniki and after he was forced to move from Lagiewniki into the Krakow ghetto. In the Vilna ghetto and in labor camps in Estonia, Hirsh Glik wrote resistance songs including the famed "Song of the Partisans.
Jacqueline van Maarsen, who was a childhood friend of Anne Frank, received the poem in the s from her sister, Christiane, who gave her the poem because Jacqueline was closer to Anne, the NOS public broadcaster reported Thursday. The sisters are not Jewish. In November , van Maarsen auctioned off the poem, which is dated March 28, A man shows a handwritten poem by Anne Frank, written shortly before she went into hiding from the Nazis, at the auction Bubb Kuyper in Haarlem on November 22, It follows the vein of such poems which often contained a moral about love and friendship, calling on girls to work hard and be diligent. The text, written in Dutch and translated by the Daily Mail , reads in full: If you did not finish your work properly, And lost precious time, Then once again take up your task And try harder than before.
I do believe, with all my heart, In the natural Goodness of Man.
i think you mastered the art of sublime
Other Objects of Interest
The Butterfly The last, the very last, So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow. Perhaps if the sun's tears would sing against a white stone. Such, such a yellow Is carried lightly way up high. It went away I'm sure because it wished to kiss the world good-bye. For seven weeks I've lived in here, Penned up inside this ghetto. But I have found what I love here. The dandelions call to me And the white chestnut branches in the court.