Holocaust Remembrance Day 27.1.2020

This year,
I have discovered
All the people
My father
Couldn't bear to talk about.
Too painful.
Too sad.

Overwhelmed by grief,
He wanted to spare me
The horror,
And so he never
Spoke of them.

All his cousins,
Aunts and uncles,
And there were many of them,
Wiped off the
Face of the earth.

His parents,
The grandparents
I never knew,
Who said they were
Too old
To start again
But pushed my father
Onto a train
To freedom.

Their only trace
Remaining on a
Family tree
Etched on a
Genealogy website.

Place and date
Of death,
Neatly printed
Under each name,
Treblinka 1943.
Twenty three souls

Poetry by Esti D-G The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2020-01-27 at 13:53

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It is painful, and a source of grief, to contemplate the suffering and often brutal persecution that the Jewish people have endured through the centuries up to our own day. There is so much beauty in Judaism, and, alas, so much ugliness in the haters.

Thank you for your poem.

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
Thank you for this. I have only ghosts, no names or dates, as my ancestors, all Jewish, emigrated to the U.S. from Germany (both sides) around 1850. Those that stayed behind, well, we just don't know. There are no stories.

So sad, too sad. Thank you.

A very sad discovery for you, thank you for sharing it with us. Your final word, extinguished, is so final.

Liam The PoetBay support member heart!
I am of german descent on my mothers side and to this day, I feel a sense of guilt that within my DNA there is a portion that belongs to those who were capable of such atrocities.

On this day, a most sacred day in the memories and history of the Jewish peoples, I can but bow my head in silent acknowlegement of such horrors.

Thank you most sincerely for sharing your thoughts with us.