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    Day of Remembrance

    Text: Solveig Hansen

    “Today is the Day of the Holocaust,” Ernesto Kahan writes in this poem. “I am silent, do not want to speak.” Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Dr. Kahan is, among many other things, the Vice Director of IFLAC.

    YOM HA’SHOAH –
    DAY OF THE HOLOCAUST

    Silence…! All is empty,
    even what I see…
    Today, the 28 of April,
    I am silent, do not want to speak

    I remember 1940,
    conflicts, maps and strategies.
    Europe at war
    its soldiers fighting

    No, not for the Jews
    for them extermination and agony
    a number, the crematorium,
    German doctors, “euthanasia”

    Holocaust – SHOAH:
    Crime and pain,
    each second in a struggle
    not to be gassed…

    Today is the Day of the Holocaust,
    neo World, neo Europe,
    neo anti-Semitism,
    neo hate

    My thoughts fly and crash
    against an imaginary wall
    return without asking me.
    I keep on silent…

    Without tears…
    Dry eyes, in silence…
    Six million murdered…
    Survivors who can not cry…

    Dry eyes looking at nothing…
    I am silent,
    do not want to speak.
    Today is the Day of the Holocaust

    Ernesto Kahan © 2005
    English version edited by Lyn Coffin

     


    2 Comments on “Day of Remembrance”

    1. MÁS ALLÁ DEL HOLOCAUSTO

      No fue en vano la Gesta del Calvario

      No fue en vano el Horror del Holocausto.

      ¡Creció la audiencia de los buenos y los justos

      Joseph Berolo

      Ya sientodesprenderse el día

      de la noche que en su lecho lleva

      aun latiendo, mis tristezas.

      Deshojado al viento va el poema

      que me brinda un nuevo aliento;

      deshojados van los versos

      sobre el dolor de todo hermano.

      En fuga audaz de voluntad sin tacha

      LA LUZ derrocha auroras sobre la tétrica región

      de las contiendas–en raudales de Vida eterna

      desbordada, traza senderos de esperanza

      en el abismo de la humana indiferencia.

      ¡RESURRECCIÓN!

      Sobre el seco rastrojo del corazón humano

      brota la semilla del Amor sagrado,

      calma la sed de las dolencias todas,

      el desierto humano reverdece,

      florece el mirto de la suerte esquiva.

      No fue en vano la Gesta del Calvario

      No fue en vano el Horror del Holocausto.

      ¡Creció la audiencia de los buenos y los justos!

      ¡Oh! Poetas…Vamos a desatar cadenas

      a congregar la audiencia de las almas,

      a despertar conciencias dormidas en lechos de ignorancia.

      PAZ, AMOR YLIBERTAD PARA TODAS LAS CRIATURAS

      DE LA TIERRA.

      Jberolo

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    2. Anonymous says:

      Very moving poem. We must remember that not only were 6 million Jews murdered, several million others were also murdered including Poles, Slavs, Soviets, people with mental illness, deaf people, physically disabled people, homosexual and transsexual people, political opponents, Jehovah’s witnesses, and more… Let us remember all the victims of this tragedy.

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