Kristallnacht

10 01 2012

– I just finished rereading the book “Night” by Elie Weisel, a true account of one man’s survival through the Holocaust.  The Holocaust has always fascinated me because it and other genocides, like Rwanda, are proof of prejudice’s raw destructive power.

 

Broken glass

Shattered by hate

Pride kept behind

A gun guarded gate

Lives that were lost

At useless cost

At the word

Of a man deranged

So much pain

Hidden from the world

For too long

Until it was too late

 

But even then it was denied

The existence of a genocide

 

 

 

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28 responses

10 01 2012
El Guapo

I’ve always found Night to be a very moving book.
I think Elie would be moved by your poem, as I was.

10 01 2012
catcherofstars

Thank you, he is a man whose response and respect would mean the world and more to me.
Cheers and hope today brought you a smile!
Andrea

10 01 2012
willowdot21

Excellent you have encapsulated the facts and expressed them well.

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.

This poem was written by Martin Niemöller, the son of a pastor, was born in Lippstadt, Germany, on 14th January, 1892. At the age of eighteen Niemöller became an officer-cadet in the German Navy. Niemöller was assigned to the training vessel Hertha and eventually graduated to the battleship Thuringen.
the rest of his strange life facts cab be read here http://veni.com/articles/firsttheycameforme.html it is well worth the read.

Lest we forget.

10 01 2012
catcherofstars

I have that poem on the wall in my bedroom and thank you for the link 🙂
Andrea

10 01 2012
The Emu

Brilliantly written on The night of the broken glass
You described it explicitly
Sadly Genocide now seems to be a part of humanitys life
Whether it be through a nations starvation
or the reign of political dictatorship
Emu aka Ian

12 01 2012
catcherofstars

I fear for future generations. How can a society that does such good also do such evil?
Andrea

11 01 2012
12 01 2012
catcherofstars

Thank you!! xoxo
Andrea

11 01 2012
GrowthLines...

Elie Wiesel’s “Night” is so compact and powerful, as is your poem. We need to keep remembering.

12 01 2012
catcherofstars

Forgetting it would be as bad as doing it all over again.
Andrea

11 01 2012
isabellart

awesome poem ! I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can see it at :
http://isabellart.wordpress.com/

12 01 2012
catcherofstars

Thank you!!
Andrea

11 01 2012
Aarom

Very beautiful. It paints such a great word picture.

12 01 2012
catcherofstars

Thank you, I hope I did it justice.
Andrea

11 01 2012
MikeP

What still amazes me is there are people who believe it never happened. Thanks….. keep the story alive.

12 01 2012
catcherofstars

It’s absurd!! How can people deny dead bodies, tattooed numbers, ashes, and broken lives?
Andrea

11 01 2012
lscotthoughts

This is a wonderful depiction of something so incomprehensible, Andrea. Thanks for sharing!

12 01 2012
catcherofstars

Thank you, it was an evil beyond description and I hope it never happens again.
Andrea

12 01 2012
Vampire Weather

To hide ourselves for who we are
A crime, I say…a sad recourse
And yet, we bare those deeper scars
A pain where love and life divorce

A lovely poem my friend. So stirring and sad, I cannot even find the words to say…

12 01 2012
catcherofstars

Not even those who survived it could.
Andrea

12 01 2012
kate58

Powerful poem.

I first read Night in the 8th grade, and was appalled at discovering the atrocities men were capable of committing. In case you didn’t know, there are two sequels to Night – they’re called Dawn and The Accident.

12 01 2012
catcherofstars

I read it in 8th grade the first time too, and no, I was not aware, but I will look for them at the library!
Thanks!!
Andrea

14 01 2012
Maiya

I have not read ‘Night’ but I did read ‘The Cage’ by Ruth Minsky Sender which is her account of what happened. I must say my friend your poem is like all your other poetry wonderful.

17 01 2012
catcherofstars

Wow, your praise means so very much!!! xoxoxoxo
Andrea

17 01 2012
Ben Naga

I’m sure that it wouldn’t take much googling to find that such madness is still alive and well. Although I’m not sure “alive and well” is the correct expression. Stoutly defended too, on the grounds of “freedom of expression”.

17 01 2012
catcherofstars

Oh I know it. Damn neo-nazis. That’s a cause that deserves to be lost.
Andrea

23 01 2012
bardessdmdenton

I could never understand such hatred…that would cause such atrocities as still happen, which, I think stems from ignorance and fear and especially the need for power.

Again, a very powerful piece.

23 01 2012
catcherofstars

Yes, I agree ignorance and prejudice are the roots
Andrea

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