Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Never Again

It's the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.























If this is a man

You who live safe
In your warm houses;
You who find on returning in the evening
Hot food and friendly faces:


Consider if this is a man
Who works in the mud
Who knows no peace
Who fights for a bit of bread
Who dies because of a yes and because of a no

Consider if this is a woman,
Without hair and without name
Without enough strength to remember
Vacant eyes and cold womb
Like a frog in the winter:

Reflect on the fact that this has happened:
These words I commend to you:
Inscribe them on your heart
When staying at home and going out,

Going to bed and rising up;
Repeat them to your children:
Or may your house fall down,
Illness bar your way,
Your loved ones turn away from you.

Primo Levi

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