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  Lest we forget…
by Peter J. Oszmann
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
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Lest we forget…


 

In reverent memory of all* the victims of the Holocaust on the sixtieth anniversary

of the Liberation of Auschwitz.

 

 

With menacing darkness the old ovens yawn,

Dark shadows of slaughter fall across the lawn,

Barbed-wire fence with skull and cross-bones.

Ghostly shadows of children behind the fence,

Memories of pain and agony intense,

The sodden grey earth silently groans.

 

The “Gate to Hell” through which the brown wagons rolled,

“Arbeit Macht Frei” the bold inscription extolled,

Living corpses, gaunt, worn and bald.

Dogs barked fiercely, whilst the SS men shouted,

Man, women, children from wagons alighted…

Millions to gas chambers strolled.

 

Historians note and statistics explain…

Memories may fade but agonies remain,

Till the last survivor will die.

In the blind frenzy six million lives were lost

In - what is now remembered as – Holocaust…

Will we ever understand: Why?

 

Stand still. Bow your head. Pray and - if you can - cry…

…“But for the grace of God, it could have been I”…

The road to Hell is open still…

Teach your children to love, to escape the past,

Teach them tolerance and for world-peace to last

Respect for life you must instil.

 

 

© P. J. Oszmann (January 2005)

Illustration compiled and adapted in Publisher, Photoshop and MS Picture It.

 

 

 

* “The Holocaust was the systematic annihilation of six million Jews by the Nazi regime during World War 2. In 1933 approximately nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945 two out of every three European Jews had been killed.

 

The European Jews were the primary victims of the Holocaust. But Jews were not the only group singled out for persecution by Hitler’s Nazi regime. As many as one-half million Gypsies, at least 250,000 mentally or physically disabled persons, and more than three million Soviet prisoners-of-war also fell victim to Nazi genocide.

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, Social Democrats, Communists, partisans, trade unionists, Polish intelligentsia and other undesirables were also victims of the hate and aggression carried out by the Nazis.”

/Louis Bülow

 

 (Ps.  My Grandmother and several Aunts and Uncles perished in Auschwitz.)

 

 

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Santayana

 

 

 
 


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Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 1/28/2005
wow this is a terriblely sad account
that makes one wonder how and why?
so unexplainable.....but you said it all teach our children!!!
and we must never forget!!!
*sigh those pictures
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/26/2005
And now the Nazi swastika is worn as a party joke...and by a person that should know better...Seek peace, Peter...Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/26/2005
(((Peter)))

Thank you for remembering the horrors of what Jewish people went through, just because of what they believe in and whom they are. I can't even begin to imagine, and don't even want to try...this piece is terrifying, because it could happen again. God help us all.

Excellent write--I'm so sorry this happened to your people.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. *tears tears tears*
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 1/26/2005
The Road to Hell. Although I try to, I can't even imagine the total horrors and fears you went through and I'm truly sorry for all your family members that were not as fortunate as you. I'm glad that you survived to bring these deep dark poems of Reality and your books to help us understand all that was there and truly hope that those days are Never to be seen Ever again. Thank You Peter for your courage of remembering to come and tell us all about your life. But am Very gald that you have the ability to be as you are enjoying happiness and laughter. You're a good man Peter.
Love Tracey
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/26/2005
I agree and you have pretty much written what I would have said about this subject.
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 1/26/2005
Your poem brings the horror of the holocaust back and should serve as a reminder to mankind to work together and never let this happen again. The images you have painted with your masterful pen are etched into my mind. How much worse for those who witnessed these events? Thank you for sharing this.
Chanti
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/26/2005
i pray we never see another atrocity such as this; i am sorry for what your relatives had to endure! i will choose to remember, and i will choose never to forget! powerful, heartwrenching write; very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in america, karen lynn in texas. :( >Tears <
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