Light a Candle

“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 troops. The few survivors are now elderly. It is important that we do not forget.





31 thoughts on “Light a Candle

  1. There is no way to forget that place of horrors, torture and deaths!
    Although my Grandma was German right after WWII, her divorced mother thought they would have a better life and enjoy a new place to live if they came to America. I have her naturalization papers and will always be so proud of all the people she met and liked in NYC, as well as in Connecticut and later, Ohio. Although some may not believe it, she met my Grandpa on a street corner and they fell in love. He was from Sweden. Her cousin and my Great Aunt spoke German, as well as cooked and baked lots of delicious German dishes and desserts. My grandparents felt speaking English was one of their ways to show respect for their new homeland. ❤ 🙂

      • Exactly! Some of us cringe for the wife who listens to his rants. I overheard a conversation where someone called Mrs. Milania Trump, “a foreigner.” It caught me as a very derisive comment in its tone. So sad.

      • Yes, someone calling someone else “a foreigner” is usually done with a sneer. But Melani T. is an immigrant, and I wonder if that whole business about her status was ever actually pursued.

  2. Last evening, we watched PBS’ Henry Louis Gates interview journalist Nina Totenberg and Andy Cohen both of whom have ancestry which can be traced to the Holocaust. I did not realize until your posting here, that these guests were probably chosen to coincide with this awful remembrance. Very appropriate – and poignant – post. 😦

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