Light a Candle

Today, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. I’m reposting this poem from a few years ago.

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“It happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say. It can happen, and it can happen everywhere.”

–Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved

Light a candle

six million, if you can,

resplendent glow,

for those who say they didn’t know,

for those who didn’t, do not see

what once was, what could be,

who overlooked the ash-filled air,

who still ignore the pleading cries

and do not hear the ghostly sighs

that float over the walls of hate,

now, don’t hesitate–

light a candle

for those who suffered

and had no buffer

from the fear,

no one to wipe away a tear,

who died because you didn’t see.


By Takkk (Own work), via Wikipedia, Holocaust Memorial Center, Memorial Wall of Victims – Budapest, Hungary

For International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2017. The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet…

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22 thoughts on “Light a Candle

    • Thank you, Laura. Yes, it’s another tragedy. I read a story recently about a Holocaust survivor. She and her family survived living in a tiny space for two years, and she was saying that she didn’t have a childhood, and now because of Covid, she feels like she’s losing her final years.

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