Auschwitz

Auschwitz

Remember this, and never again,
Repeat these actions of blinded men,
Remember this, and never again,
Set out to torture, starve, and maim.

Remember the image, the shame that we see,
When compassion and love lost its memory,
Remember when man, turned its back on mankind,
And because of his greed, left its conscience behind.

Remember the rails, that are rusting today,
Where millions of souls were carried away,
Remember the faces, the hollowed-out skin,
And the eyes of the people, still surviving within.

Remember the shoes, and the dolls and the toys,
And the hope that was gone, from these young girls and boys,
Remember the old and the sense of despair,
When death and defilement hung in the air.

Remember these days, remember them well,
When humanity was living and dwelling in hell,
Remember the shame from the pictures you see,
And of who they all were, and how it came to be.

Remember what caused this?. A dictator`s lust,
That wanted a race to be ground into dust,
Remember the shame that we all feel today?
Then don`t let this memory, fade away.

An apology from humanity, Rest in perfect Peace.

About the author

Mick Westwood
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I am a 71 year old retired coal miner, who spent 30 years working underground. Having time on my hands, and in order to keep my brain exercised, I decided to try to write poetry and put down on paper some of my life experience, and my hopes, dreams and other thoughts. I also do a little gardening, but I am hopeless at housework. Much to my wife's displeasure.

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Magsandwords
31st Jan 2020
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Lovely poems Mick. Words straight from your heart.
LizzieM6
29th Jan 2020
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I'm not aware that even my grandchildren have been taught/learned? In school.
As neither was I.
History should be a lesson learned!
Lest We Forget ❤️
DorothyQ
29th Jan 2020
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This poem is very moving. Let us not forget the evil that was done to these people who were taken by the Nazis
JaneC15
28th Jan 2020
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When I go to Auschwitz-Birkenau in June - I would beg your permission to read your poem Mick - we must not forget and we need to make sure our children and their children never forget....God Bless x
Jane
Money1
28th Jan 2020
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You could not have
written it better
So so sad
We will always remember
Thank you for writing this
RuthB11
27th Jan 2020
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Thank you for these words, everyone needs to reads them and remember
PaulM98
27th Jan 2020
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Remember it was the Germans that done all them wicked things under Hitler's Hitler's rain. REMEMBER THAT.
Helena
27th Jan 2020
1
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I remember well our visit to the museum several years ago, A very moving experience. It is true that once inside the grounds there is no noise, no birds or birdsong.
I've today attended a Holocaust Memorial Service in Norwich and listened to the reading of testimonies of survivors. This must never be allowed to happen again.
MaxineD4
27th Jan 2020
1
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Brilliant poem. Lest the world forgets.
kittysnowdon
27th Jan 2020
1
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As time moves ever onwards , we need reminders like these. Soon there will be no-one left who was actually there and this horrific time in the history of mankind will begin to slide away from our conscience-we must ensure that doesn't happen
Strathdoon
27th Jan 2020
1
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We must never forget, visited Auschwitz last year, It was full of pain, suffering, and inhumanity, but out of it came determination that it should never ever happen again. We must never forget.
SallyR
27th Jan 2020
1
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An amazing poem, to bring back memories of the passed! Let us all remember that we must never, ever let this awful tragedy happen again!
JacquelineF41
27th Jan 2020
1
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As always, a wonderfully written poem about this dreadful, evil and horrendous time in history. There are no words that I can say, only that you have said them, and my heart is very full. Thank you Mike. Amazing!!
FrancesP6
27th Jan 2020
1
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Beautiful but poignant poem
When will mankind learn!
I can't begin to understand how men/women could do this to their own kind. Although you survived you have to live with the terrible things you endured and the suffering you saw. God bless you
MarkW82
27th Jan 2020
1
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Lovely poem Mick I like your style, can anyone post poetry on ?
carolparkhurst
27th Jan 2020
1
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Thank you for helping to ensure this terrible crime is never repeated by future generations.
PeedieGaga
27th Jan 2020
1
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Very moving poem! Thanks
Wilf
27th Jan 2020
2
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Amazing poem-so terrible we must never ever forget all those poor people and stamp out evil wherever it is.
weeann
27th Jan 2020
2
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I always look forward to your poetry. What a poignant reminder of what shouldn't be allowed to happen again. We seem once again to be living in a world of extreme right or left. Let's live in hope that good prevails.
SillySocks
27th Jan 2020
3
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Beautiful but very sad poem.
PatsieC
27th Jan 2020
2
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So very sad that people could harm/murder like this
This needs to be remembered by every generation
It should never happen again!
CathH17
27th Jan 2020
3
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Agree with your sentiments. Such a sad reality that anything like this could happen. It must continue to be remembered so nothing like this can happen ever again.
SallyF94
27th Jan 2020
3
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LesleyGrif
27th Jan 2020
1
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Thank you for the lovely poem. My Father was part of the first medical corps to go into Belsen and he never mentally recovered from what he saw.
robsueread
27th Jan 2020
2
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Reading this ,this morning has given me a wake up call.
Kes
25th Jan 2020
2
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Wonderful poem, to remind us of mans inhumanity to man.
CaroleAH
24th Jan 2020
2
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Heartbreaking poem, Mick, about a brutal regime. Thank-you.

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