Posted on 11/18/2018 @ 04:15 PM
Adults and Students from the Gan Noar Religious School/Temple Bat Yam visited the memorial together as part of the Better Together Intergenerational Program. Click on the link above to watch a video of our visit.
As part of our visit, our intergenerational teams of adults/students took rubbing of some of the words they found written on the walls of the memorial and they worked together to create "found word" poems. Here are their thoughts:
The Window by S.M. & S.C.
The windows were whole and peaceful
But one mad man said, “Only one window”
All were broken and fractured
Leaving broken glass to be picked up
From the people that left the pieces
That went through the window to the Promised Land
In Spite Of by L.S. & D.E.
In spite of Kristallnacht,
inflammatory defiance had thrived
again, is spite of ghettos, battle scars,
the Zyclon B gas, dehumanization,
and then the crematorium
we Jewish people stayed strong,
embraced each other,
and will continue to remember.
Relentless, restless, red,
workers who whisper, wilt wickedly and decay
deprived of dignity.
This mass genocide will be a mark
on our will to exist.
The sinister cinders have since burnt out
but effect us gravely still.
Memories of our ancestors shall forever burn in our hearts.
Even though we were deprived of our rights
of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness before,
we shall always thrive.
These crematoriums must not burn again.
Remarkable Survivors by M.E. & E.E. & S.C.
They went through a journey with
an illusion of promise
life destroyed and through death immortal
the remarkable survivors arose
spiritually with an image of hope
embedded in their mind
as the death camp broke families
they became even stronger.