I am a grown-up person now,
I have known fear ...
But anyway, I still believe I only sleep today,
That I'll wake up a child again, and start to laugh and play ...
Somewhere, far away out there, childhood sweetly sleeps ...
In the flame of candles by my bed, I sleep
And once perhaps I'll understand
That I was such a little thing,
As little as this song.
These 30,000 souls who sleep
Among the trees will wake,
Open an eye
And because they see
They'll fall asleep again ... "
-- Hanus Hachenburg, "IX. 1944"
And in that knowledge, they found faith.
"I am a Jew and will be a Jew forever.
Even if I should die from hunger,
Never will I submit.
I will always fight for my people,
On my honor.
I will never be ashamed of them,
I give my word.
I am proud of my people,
How dignified they are.
Even though I am suppressed,
I will always come back to life."
-- Franta Bass
I am a Jew and will be a Jew forever.
In retrospect, I only wish these lessons were a piece of history, and not my children's legacy.
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