Holocaust Rememberance Day.

Lest we ever forget or worse still deny.

Rounded up beaten into compliance
Herded onto trains, treated worse than cattle.
Sorted to the left or the right no point to defiance.
Death or slave labour, hunger a constant battle.
Shot or beaten at a soldiers whim
Deemed subhuman because you were a Jew.
The race or religion may change but it ever was and is… nothing is new.

45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lakshmi Bhat
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 13:31:40

    It was a terrible time when those in power lost all that is good in human beings. I pray that such times will never come again.


  2. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 13:37:57

    Oh Willow. It’s so sad isn’t it. How can be humanity be so cruel?


  3. JezzieG
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 14:18:37

    Sadly, I don’t think humans have changed and this could happen again


    • willowdot21
      Jan 27, 2023 @ 14:29:37

      They have not have they ? It’s been this way since time began or at least since man first walked the earth , it still continues and sadly it always will…. Humankind never learns. πŸ’œ


      • simon7banks
        Jan 27, 2023 @ 21:24:17

        Your comment is very true. Many years ago, I was instrumental in getting a Bosnian Muslim refugee, who had been imprisoned in a concentration camp by Serb nationalists, to speak at a Holocaust commemmoration sponsored by the local council, but with a mainly Jewish audience. He spoke movingly and simply. I looked to see how the audience – mainly older Jews – was reacting. Their faces said, “It still happens”.

      • willowdot21
        Jan 27, 2023 @ 21:48:59

        Yes it’s so sad you can pick any country in the world today and there will be mistreatment of humans by humans to a lesser or higher degree. Our species never learns. Thank you for relating your story. πŸ’œ

  4. Maggie
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 15:08:21

    I don’t understand why everyone of us does not appreciate life in all of its forms. People can be heartless. The pain and suffering from the Holocaust will last for generations and generations. Some families completely destroyed. The pain of those who escaped it is indescribable. In high school we watched a black and white film called The Night and the Fog. It was the most horrific thing I had ever seen in my young life. I will never forget and will never deny.


  5. Chel Owens
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 15:21:15

    😦 I’m glad to hear my kids’ schools still cover this. It’s important we learn from history.


  6. glyn40wilton
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 15:31:42

    It should always be remembered but alas, the survivors are now few and far between.


  7. Ritu
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 16:16:22

    Lest we forget πŸ’›


  8. Jane Dougherty
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 16:26:34

    There’s such a lot to remember. It seems as though the people with the power to stir up more genocides and hatreds have forgotten. Or more likely don’t care.


  9. newepicauthor
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 16:33:03

    I watched an interesting fiction show on Netflix called Hunters, where a group of Jewish people hunt down Nazis. Al Pacino was in it, and I thought the acting was great.


  10. JT Twissel
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 19:09:56

    We have to make sure the next generation doesn’t forget. My children are the grandchildren of a survivor but they don’t seem to understand it wasn’t that long ago. Very frustrating.


  11. thoughtsnlifeblog
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 20:56:49

    Hi Willow, A beautiful poem. It is so painful to think mankind did this. We can be truly great and utterly unspeakable.


  12. Dan Antion
    Jan 27, 2023 @ 21:37:48

    We cannot forget. We cannot allow deniers to sway opinion.


  13. Jennie
    Jan 28, 2023 @ 16:45:17

    Never forget!


  14. Petunia Petals
    Jan 30, 2023 @ 01:18:16

    This is a beautiful tribute


  15. robertawrites235681907
    Jan 31, 2023 @ 17:10:31

    A powerful tribute to the Holocaust, Willow. I brought me out in goosebumps.


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