Never Forget

27 Jan
Holocaust Memorial Day

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Today is Holocaust Memorial Day.  I have always wanted to write a Holocaust poem; this isn’t it.  I don’t think I will ever manage it.  It was too terrible a time to comprehend.

It’s important to remember that it wasn’t just Jews who were butchered, but gypsies, homosexuals, the old, sick, disabled, Jehovah’s Witnesses: anyone considered a deviant or a burden. 

Whenever I feel sorry for myself – I’m too cold, too hungry, have too little money – I think of the victims of the concentration camps, all they lost; how they suffered; the unbelievable cruelty; and I feel grateful for all I have.

Anyway, I wanted to mark the day; it’s too easy to forget.  Look at what happened in Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Darfur; and tell me it won’t happen again.


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How it Happens

I spent the day with Mrs B, 90. 
Her husband liked to get about. 
America, you know; for the Big Fight.  With friends. 

She does not care for curry, 
Americans, foreign travel. 
Oh, but rather likes The Jews

She’s glad that German business never happened here. 
He was fond of the ladies, you know.
Almost: Mosley.  Brown Shirts.  Oxford Street. 
Dreadful.  I stayed home.

9 Responses to “Never Forget”

  1. Little Explorer January 27, 2011 at 12:31 #

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I blogged about this topic today

    I completely agree with you, it is barely impossible to write a poem about the Shoah, which is why I always think Primo Levi’s poem “If this is a man” is incredible for its emotional power and historical significance.


    • Tilly Bud January 27, 2011 at 12:41 #

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. The more people talk and write and remember these events, the less likely it is that they will happen again. One can hope.


  2. vivinfrance January 27, 2011 at 13:30 #

    In answer to your email, Tilly, this is where my comment should have appeared. I also left one on the irritating husbands post, and that one’s gone too. I must be going dulally.


  3. david king January 27, 2011 at 13:34 #

    I wanted to write a poem on the twin towers, but haven’t managed it so far. Some things are just too mammoth or too near to approach directly. Who was it said that after the Holocaust there could never be any more art? You,ve at least proved that to be untrue.


    • Tilly Bud January 28, 2011 at 10:23 #

      Thank you, David. I think that quote was untrue even as it was said; some great – if harrowing – art came from the camps.

      I have written a couple of 9/11 poems. Perhaps that was easier for me because it happened in my lifetime.


  4. slpmartin January 27, 2011 at 16:13 #

    A very good rememberance post.


  5. Chloe January 31, 2011 at 15:59 #



  6. Chloe January 31, 2011 at 16:00 #

    Such evil in the world. How can we ever complain about anything when those events happened to so many?


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