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Kazimierz (A Jewish Ghetto)

July 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 220

In an old cemeteryresurrected tombstones stand upright Once covered with earth to avoid the detection of invading beasts The symbolism overwhelms me and it breaks my heart to understand man's profound inhumanity to man Speechless as I walk the Old Jewish Quarter attempting to understand how such unprovoked attacks could be deliberately inflicted on men, women and children But there they stand dug up from the ground broken pieces pasted upward on a wall All of this to remember the blood that had been spilled there Preserved in a synagogue with small rocks placed upon the descriptions of families and names But let a flower grow for all of the people who died there Many were transported to a nearby district where they were determined fit to work or die All of this perpetrated by an evil man and his countless followersHe proclaimed a supreme culture Based upon the ascendency of the Aryan race Yet the ultimate irony can only eclipse the minds of so many sentient people It sickens and it disturbs so deeply that any comment could only be undeserving So let the people who are the relatives of the victims of this holocaust find their own way And let the children of the people who committed these acts continue to ask how it could have ever happened Grappling with the most evil deeds of men is an action that is virtually impossible to do But it is so difficult for me to experience the pain as I feel the suffering of the people who died there To be worked to death, debased and degraded before suffering a treacherous end is a sin for which there is no acceptable explanation To be tortured and subject to extreme cruelties in the name of science It is an obscenity that defies description And if there is any solace to be taken from these despicable actions it can only be that their defeat was a resounding one And although their assault on human dignity may be the most evil that modern civilization has ever known it causes tremendous fear to realize that such actions are within the realm of human possibility So let us work toward understanding the need to cultivate sufficient moral development Let us work toward understanding the right to human freedom And let us stand on guard to defeat human evil whenever it shall arise Because in the modern age human apathy is always a potential threat And the individuals' will is always necessary for civilization to exist

Gerald Marchewka is an American freelance writer visiting Krakow, Poland. Gerald's most recent book, "Straight from the Heaven's: Li Bai's Poetry in Retrospect" featuring the illustrations of Seb Fowler is now for sale on Lulu.com Questions about Gerald's other projects may be referred to geraldmarchewka@yahoo.com

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