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    A few posts back someone asked about literature related to the Holocaust. I'd like to recommend the epic poem by Charles Reznikoff 'Holocaust'. I believe it has been reprinted.

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      to hear Resnikoff reading from the poem:


      the poem itself consists of material from the transcripts of the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials.

      The poem was published in the 1970s

      Here are a couple of snips:

      Among those who had hidden themselves
      were four women and a little girl of about seven
      hiding in a pit-a dugout covered with leaves;
      and two S.S. men went up to the pit and ordered them to
      blank come out.
      "Why did you hide?" they asked
      and began to beat the women with whips.
      The women begged for their lives:
      they were young, they were ready to work.
      They were ordered to rise and run
      and the S.S. men drew their revolvers and shot all five;
      and then kept pushing the bodies with their feet
      to see if they were still alive
      and to make sure they were dead
      shot them again.
      Once the commander of a camp had eight of the strongest among
      the Jews
      placed in a large barrel of water,
      saying that they did not look clean,
      and they had to stand in this barrel naked for twenty-four hours.
      In the morning, other Jews had to cut away the ice:
      the men were frozen to death.
      In this camp-and in others also-
      they had an orchestra of Jews
      who had to play every morning and evening
      and whenever Jews were taken to be shot.
      In one such camp,
      the orchestra had all of sixty men

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sun Mar 03, 2013 at 07:23:50 PM PST

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