In Circles

By Lisa Paulick

 

Swastika/star

Germany/Palestine

Hitler/Himmler

Goebbels/Eichmann

Barbed electrified fences

Broken defenses

 

Shalom/Gesundheit

A strand of mirthless hope

So slim and precarious

Yet weighing more than glass

And damned like a useless limb

In Aryan garments

 

Traitor/survivor

America/Israel

Thousands of phantoms

Shrieking

In one body

 
 

This is one of four poems by Lisa Paulick featured in the gallery, honouring those that were lost, and survivors who had to make unimaginable choices. Lisa has read several books on the history of the Holocaust and the liberation of the camps and attended a survivors gathering four years ago in New York City.

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