Sunday, October 9, 2022

A Visit to the Holocaust Memorial


Janusz Korczak and the orphan children,
Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem, Israel


Israel Pilgrimage--2006


We are given an hour, only an hour

to walk through on our own—


It’s quiet

Barely any talking

No smiling


People move slowly

observing, listening

some brush away tears

some shake their heads


We walk along the Path

of Righteous Gentiles

hesitate at trees

planted in honor

of Oscar Schindler

of Corrie TenBoom


We see shoes of the dead, eyeglasses

photographs, paintings



The eternal flame shudders

as we swallow hard at the words:

Never Again


Outside, we pause at the bronze

of Yanus Korchek embracing

the orphan children—

the ones he accompanied

into a crematorium


At the Children’s Memorial

the darkness is assuaged

by so many mirrored reflections

of flickering candles

We read—

1,500,000 children


An hour, only an hour

is even too much

for us to bear


Maude Carolan Pych

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