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Holocaust Poetry

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Holocaust Poetry

  1. 1. Holocaust Poetry
  2. 2. <ul><li>Produce a poem as if your are a survivor of the Death Camps during the Holocaust. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Read the following examples of Holocaust poetry. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Holocaust by Barbara Sonek We played, we laughed we were loved. We were ripped from the arms of our parents and thrown into the fire. We were nothing more than children. We had a future. We were going to be lawyers, rabbis, wives, teachers, mothers. We had dreams, then we had no hope. We were taken away in the dead of night like cattle in cars, no air to breathe smothering, crying, starving, dying. Separated from the world to be no more. From the ashes, hear our plea. This atrocity to mankind can not happen again. Remember us, for we were the children whose dreams and lives were stolen away.
  5. 5. <ul><li>First They Came for the Jews </li></ul><ul><li>First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. </li></ul><ul><li>Pastor Martin Niemöller </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Night </li></ul><ul><li>Never shall I forget that night, </li></ul><ul><li>that first night in the camp, </li></ul><ul><li>which has turned my life into one long night, </li></ul><ul><li>seven times cursed and seven times sealed. </li></ul><ul><li>Never shall I forget that smoke. </li></ul><ul><li>Never shall I forget the faces of the children, </li></ul><ul><li>whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke </li></ul><ul><li>beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, </li></ul><ul><li>for all eternity, of the desire to live. </li></ul><ul><li>Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. </li></ul><ul><li>Never shall I forget those things, </li></ul><ul><li>even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. </li></ul><ul><li> Never. </li></ul><ul><li>by Elie Wiesel </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Untold Lies by Brittany Knoll 1999 The train has come to a stop. I smile. My throat is very dry. Oh, how long the trip had been! When will they give us our water? I stepped off the train. A mist encircled my body. The mist told me of many things to come. What was to happen next? I stood before the officer. His blue eyes flashed with a fierce will. He told me to go to the left. Is this the right direction? The mist came back. It let me see, hear, and feel the pain of others. I know understood. How many children will cry in the night, before one can see? I was promised a shower. I could feel the icy fingers of death waiting to seize me. Take my life, take it. I am not afraid. How many times can the fires burn before one can hear? I stripped off my clothes. They don't belong to me anymore. Take my clothes, I am as strong as ever. How much blood can fall to the soil, before one can feel? Do not worry. It is almost over now. My soul will live forever in peace. When will they realize that? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Now, write down some emotive words that you could include in your poem
  9. 9. Begin writing <ul><li>Use the emotive words you have thought of. </li></ul><ul><li>Work out what style of poem you wish to write. </li></ul><ul><li>Will it be first person ‘I saw’? </li></ul><ul><li>Will it be past tense as if you have survived ‘I walked away’ </li></ul><ul><li>Or will it be present tense, as if you are still there in the camp ‘I walk away’ </li></ul>
  10. 10. Re-draft <ul><li>Read your poem to the person next to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Do they have any suggestions of ways you could improve it? </li></ul><ul><li>Check spellings and punctuation. </li></ul><ul><li>Make any improvement. </li></ul><ul><li>Read poem to class. </li></ul><ul><li>Write poem up ready to be displayed for the Holocaust Memorial Evening. </li></ul>