Holocaust Poetry compiled and introduced by Hilda Schiff is a collection of poems gathered as a tribute to a tragic time and its victims. In the words of Hilda Schiff, “This is a book to mourn with, weep with, to show solidarity with, perhaps to pray with.”
Here are links to a couple of my favorites;
He Was Lucky by Anna Swirszczynska
Massacre of the Boys by Tadeusz Rozewicz
There is not much I can say about the poems in this book. The reason is, I don’t have the words. How can my words convey the emotions, the tragedy, the rawness and still glimpses of hope that are found on the pages of Holocaust Poetry? I am drawn to the voices of the Holocaust such as you will find in its pages and in the stories of Anne Frank, Corrie ten Boom and many, many others. I read these books because I feel that is my way to acknowledge the dead and the survivors of the Holocaust. I taught my children of this horrific time in history so they will not forget and I hope they teach their children and that they teach the future generations. It is a small thing to write this post about such a book but I hope that it is enough for you to listen to the voices of the Holocaust and carry that with you.
The image above is from the Israel’s Messiah website which has a wonderful section on The Holocaust.