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[Page 406]

[The Monument]

[in memory of our Martyrs erected in 1969 by the Piotrkow Trybunalski
Relief Association at the Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, New Jersey.]

Monument left
Monument back
The monument in memory of our Martyrs erected in 1969 by the Piotrkow Trybunalski
Relief Association at the Beth Israel Cemetery in Woodbridge, New Jersey


[Page 408]

In Heichal Hashemoth

In the Hall of Names

By Shayek Pudlowski

We see a sea of sacred names
In Yad Vashem when passing by,
The only way to show regard;
Their memory to sanctify.

From early day to latest night
We roam this Hall so full of souls.
We see them all when we recall,
The holy names on holy scrolls.

A loaf of bread this was a dream
For us martyrs, misbegotten.
The blood and tears the pain and screams,
How could all this be forgotten?

Death was waiting in the shadows,
We were smoldering like an ember.
Now we pledge on holy ashes,
To recall and to remember.

You are all inscribed forever
In this sacred hall of names.
We will not forget you! ever!
Kindling the eternal flames.

Old and young, in chains and cages
Lay in wait so taint and rotten.
Hearing whispers of the sages:
“How could all this be forgotten?”

And in the night, when all is still,
When thoughts like hammers pound my mind,
Remembrance friends, we shall instill.
For earth, for heaven for mankind.

Heidim, no. 26, 1986
Translated from Yiddish by Ben Giladi

 

 

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