Upset

The following poem was written by Hilda Lebedun and shared as part of the Memory Project. My resilience is fading, But I try to hold it tight. I had this kind of discomfort Many times before. I just did not think The problem would again return, Especially from Long...

O, My Back!

The following poem was written by Hilda Lebedun and shared as part of the Memory Project. My spine decided It needed more attention From me! It really seriously Let me know Its attachment to me. I did not know It needed much care Until I wound up In Intensive Care....

Unforgettable Memories

The following poem was written by Hilda Lebedun and shared as part of the Memory Project. Again and again The memories flood my mind, Intense, deeply felt, Strong, piercing, Tightly impregnable, hard. I am bracing myself against the wall, Trying to unwind In prayers!...

Being Something

The following story was written by Miriam Spiegel Raskin and shared as part of the Memory Project. I thought I was familiar with the degradations that even short hospital visits can inflict, so, when my doctor recently ordered a stress test for me at the hospital lab,...

Questions Without Answers

The following story was written by Miriam Spiegel Raskin and shared as part of the Memory Project. I thought I was done thinking about it all, but then I came across an article on the Internet about Minsk that made me remember my maternal grandparents again. And...

Kristallnacht Wiedermal

The following poem was written by Miriam Spiegel Raskin and shared as part of the Memory Project. Friends ask when I write, Again? Again, the Holocaust? Aren’t you ever done with that? I guess not, I say. It’s with me, like a jagged scar that doesn’t heal but stings...

Book Review: A Morning Star

The following review was written by Miriam Spiegel Raskin and shared as part of the Memory Project. A Morning Star by Andre Schwarz-Bart Recently I read, and then bought so that I can reread and reread, a book that’s been calling out to me: A Morning Star, written by...

A Good Death

The following story was written by Miriam Spiegel Raskin and shared as part of the Memory Project. When my mother died several months ago, I was aware of both sadness and a selfish concern over the inevitability of my own death. As I watched her slip away towards the...

Who Does Not Want to be Perfect?

The following story was written by Miriam Spiegel Raskin and shared as part of the Memory Project. Perfectionism as a personality trait may have many causes, but only Jews have their tribal history as justification. Rather than power, our neurotic aspiration is...

Adventure in a DP Camp: A Story Told to Me by My Parents

The following story was written by Sofia Kent and shared as part of the Memory Project. This is a true story which I know only because my parents told me about it. I don’t have a lot of stories about their experiences during and after the Second World War, but I...