Deathmarch a Collection Of Halocaust Poems

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Title: Deathmarch Poet/Translator: THOMAS ORSZÁG-LAND (THOMAS ORSZÁG-LAND is a poet and award-winning foreign correspondent. A Jewish survivor of the Holocaust and the three-month Soviet siege of Budapest at the close of the Second World war.) Category: Collection of Holocaust Poems (read online at www.newenglishreview.org) Nationality: Hungarian Date: 20/09/11 Personal Response 1 I was prompted to find out more about the holocaust after seeing an article in the Listener. I had also seen the film “Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” a few years ago. On searching the internet I came across a site with a collection of Holocaust Poems, which I found to be very moving. Poetry can say so much more than the words on the page by creating deep emotional responses. I definitely found this to be true with these poems. In contrast to more abstract poems, these Holocaust poems were not of the form that allowed too much personal interpretation. They were trying to tell a true story in a way that evokes a response from the reader. Responses of sadness, horror, hatred, disbelief, every possible response that the atrocities of the Holocaust deserved to evoke. I found the information provided alongside the poem put it into context, it was very helpful and interesting, giving the poems even more specific and less interpretational meaning. The telling of facts with flair and emotion, history lessons in a poem! I have included a selection of the poems here: STRUGGLE FOR LIFE By Frigyes Karinthy (1887-1938): poet & satirist. According to Holocaust legends, this piece was read to a group of starved, naked and brutalized civilian captives -- orthodox Jews observing strict dietary rules -- to calm and comfort them before their mass murder in a gas chamber. Let’s face it, guys, we’ve been brought down by every law and trick, that’s clear -- The jackals have picked

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