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Inspired by the treatment of Jews and other minorities by the Nazi's in WW2, a mixture of English and German to achieve the desired effect

Sacrifice By Fire

Deutschland, Deutschland, ├╝ber alles,
Words, cold, heartless, callous,
Kristallnacht, Aryanization,
Deeds, actions, beyond explanation.

Ausweis, Ausweis, alles einordnen,
Auschwitz, Dachau, Bergen-Belsen,
Jew, Slav, Gypsy, Gay,
Yesterday here, gone today.

Words, false hope, vicious lie,
You, life, meaningless here,
Gestapo, Einsatzgruppen, Bundeswehr.

Ghetto, cattle truck, camp, shower,
Goering, Final Solution, abuse of power,
In line, naked, morning frost,
Sacrifice by fire; Holocaust.
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9 Visitor Comments

this poem really touched me. i really like the creativity of the German and english combined. there is no sign of racism people just want us to know what happened back then so that we can prevent it from happening again. whoever wrote this poem should write more because he/she has a way with explaining themselves and the facts that they are presenting. i really like this poem it is one of my favorites. --amber
very good poem. i liked it alot, especially the mix of german and english.
this poem touched me with its simpleness. it doesnt seem like hes trying to bring up the past. he juz wants us to remember the mistakes so they dont happen again. no racism or bigotry here
okay listen up, i was reading the replys and what is with the "dont blame the germans"he was blaming nazi's not germans. im very jewish and the love of my life is german and we joke about it. so get off his back, its a great poem
What happened in my countrty was horrorble, but we have a new generation. we cant be blamed for what our grandfathers did,. by the way: did u ever think about writing about the american camps for japanese people,.
This was a great poem
yeah...great poem but it sounds like you think it's still like this but believe me it isn't. it's omething that has finished and people who blame us Germans for everything are WRONG.
Wonderful poem. You should consider submitting.
Loved this poem! I first read it a long time ago, and it's still among my absolute favourites!

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