By Henia Karmel, Ilona Karmel
Buchenwald survivors Ilona and Henia Karmel have been seventeen and 20 years outdated after they entered the Nazi exertions camps from the Krak?w ghetto.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 by way of day and concealed them of their garments. in the course of what she concept have been the final days of her existence, Henia entrusted the poems to a cousin who occurred to cross her within the pressured march on the finish of the conflict. The cousin gave them to Henia's husband in Krak?w, who wouldn't find and reunite along with his spouse for one more six months. this is often the 1st English ebook of those awesome poems. Fanny Howe's deft diversifications protect their freshness and innocence whereas making them fullyyt compelling. they're offered with a biographical advent that conveys the robust tale of the sisters' survival from trap to freedom in 1946.
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It lunged at them and ordered them onto the ﬁeld. Left, right, left, right! was its awful command. The sun gleamed like a red cut over the march of those children and doom squirmed in front of the light and wrapped itself around their feet. Left, right! Don’t cry, my brothers. Sing. Drown out your fears with music. Bang trumpets and hammers. We’re all going together down this terrible path. “Why isn’t anyone clapping? ” The Poems 7 You know that you will never hear your mother whisper “My son” again.
And before a new way of computing time began—by days, hours, fears, minutes, menace, ashes, ruins, pain, despair, terror, suﬀering, murder. Yes, that became the way we measured time when I was fourteen. There are no words to explain. Only tears. iloⁿa Karmel aG The Poems 6 The March of the Fifteen-Year-Old Boys They were right in the middle of a game of cops and robbers— breathless from running and drunk on the fun— with schoolbook pages rustling in their minds. They were set to return to the quiet classroom when they ran into the grip of history.
Come on! They won’t notice us The Poems 23 in the shadows, they will only guess that we are lovers of life, that’s all. Nothing more or less. We aren’t guilty for having dark eyes and curly hair. Or for being foreign. Our happiness is the same as theirs (except full of tears). Paris, take us away! 4 Why are you sad, tiny Madlone? Tiny, pale Madlone. Why tears? Did a tango blow into your dreams? Toulon remembered in its sweetness makes you weep? Oh Madlone, tiny, pale Madlone, I hardly know you but guess it must be good to have a home in Toulon where someone pines for you.
A Wall of Two: Poems of Resistance and Suffering from Krakow to Buchenwald and Beyond (S. Mark Taper Foundation Books in Jewish Studies) by Henia Karmel, Ilona Karmel