A Prayer for Answers

Again and again I reminisce About my life. How can I forget the pain and the degradation which was perpetuated in terrible transgressions upon my soul, my body, and the very depths of my being, causing me horrendous strife in my life. How many years Have gone by And I still miss The ones I loved And lost, Not only that I lost them— But how they died! They murdered them In their prime– And I still Love them All the time! And I have New ones to love And cherish. I cannot forget The ones I loved And lost, And I still mourn And—O, God— I...

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Memories: Auschwitz-Birkenau

Dear God, You let me come To the twilight of my life– This, my life. . . . How many detours I walked— How much pain and suffering I endured. How much pain and suffering Of others My eyes have seen. How many screams I witnessed Of the horrible Agony of dying!   How I prayed to You Not to let me die In this undescribable shame. You heard my prayers And pleading, and, By Your grace, I survived again Against all odds By Your mercies. What a carnage!   God, why did You Let it happen? How can we atone For our sins, Restore our...

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Unsatisfied Earth

The earth is not satisfied. It still grinds and rumbles In many distant places, Creating havoc on earth. Torrential rains Dispatch huge boulders From the mountainside, Closing highways. The sky is graying With heavy rains Flooding everything in its way, Destroying homes, fields, and Creatures big and small, Drowning people. And freezing raindrops fall In unprecedented snows, Breaking wires, plunging them Into darkness and cold All around. Dear God, where are you? Are you too high?                         — [March...

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Tragic Happenings

Devastating earthquakes, Lost lives, Suffering of the hurt ones. What tragic happenings! Quakes disturb the oceans With strong, angry waters, Sweeping away everything they touch. Even the birds above Fly away from the sight. We humans are powerless To stop the devastation, People running, screaming in fear. Where is there safety When the earth moves under their feet? In sadness we watch The pictures on cable T.V. We hope the earth—deep, deep below— Will stop grinding somehow So fear can be eased For a calmer tomorrow.                        ...

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Saint Louis

This is Saint Louis, Missouri, In the middle of September, And we have an extension of summer! The beautiful blue sky, The brilliant rays of the sun With few white clouds walking above. Below, everything is still green. Beautiful flowers, Blooming in many hues, And shrubs and big trees Are joining the green parade. Lovely sight! How I rejoice in this!                         —Hilda Lebedun (November...

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In The Garden of the Righteous

     I am sitting in the Garden of the Righteous, among the beautiful flowers, trying to unwind after speaking to a group of adults at the Holocaust Museum about the tragedy of the Holocaust and about the Nazi murder of countless innocents. It is sixty-seven years since the years of suffering of many of the survivors like me. By the grace of God, I try to disseminate information about the tragedies of the Holocaust. I plead with others, in the name of God, to stop the hate, to hold tight to hope. I plead with God to grant me this life to be...

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