By Henia Karmel, Ilona Karmel
Buchenwald survivors Ilona and Henia Karmel have been seventeen and two decades outdated once they entered the Nazi hard work camps from the Krak?w ghetto. those impressive poems have been written in the course of that point. The sisters wrote the poems on worksheets stolen from the factories the place they labored through day and concealed them of their garments. in the course of what she concept have been the final days of her lifestyles, Henia entrusted the poems to a cousin who occurred to move her within the pressured march on the finish of the struggle. The cousin gave them to Henia's husband in Krak?w, who wouldn't find and reunite together with his spouse for one more six months. this is often the 1st English e-book of those impressive poems. Fanny Howe's deft diversifications safeguard their freshness and innocence whereas making them completely compelling. they're provided with a biographical advent that conveys the robust tale of the sisters' survival from seize to freedom in 1946.
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Fire of revolution. The Marseillaise. And Madame in the French section of the camp. Please let me think about these, Madame, and this way quiet myself. I’m sure that our cruel life can be relieved by a remembered fragrance of lilacs. If only you could take me by your slender hand, Madame, and lead me through a reckless dance in memory of July and the revolution. The Bastille destroyed! And other holy places that will revive me. Because I’m still young. Teach me, Madame, a song as simple as the scales to get my heart beating again.
Motors, engines, car parts, rubber tires and all such utilitarian objects owned by the German Reich! Yes, all those factories will be empty at last. The foreman will stare at Herr Direktor who will spread his hands and say, “But I don’t understand . ” Herr Direktor, if you don’t understand why are you so nervous? Why are you yelling that this is sabotage? Why are you shaking with rage? Sending the police out into the streets? Can’t you see, really, that liberation is coming? The Poems 20 The city has woken up from a long sleep and is being rocked by the young and their crazy chants.
Now you gazed on the plume of the sun’s rays and your eyes looked gentle and wise. Yet you didn’t know that this was the day of destruction. The last day. The Poems 15 The day of annihilation. It began without Judgment. Or the triumphal horn of an archangel. Instead asthmatic trumpets wheezed shrill prophecies of Armageddon. That was the biggest disappointment. An absence of glory. Just ugly bleats and whines announcing the arrival of a shiny limousine—doom. White riﬂes, white sun. Quiet streets and inert crowds looking on and children with ancient faces were helpless.