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§338 Holocaust memorial day

April 20, 2009

 
Berlin -38 (Next Year In Jerusalem)
(Wish we never had to sing this song
but we have to, ’cause we must never forget)

I Was Twenty-Five In Berlin ’38
I Had Just Bought A Little Store
And The War Was Close
Then I Met Her, Rebekah
With Her Wonderful Smile
And I Was In Love, And She Was In Love
The Future Was Ours.

We Married Soon, And Joseph And Sarah Came
And We Loved Them So, Our Dream Came True

Clouds Gathered Dark, I Couldn’t Understand It
I Simply Didn’t See It, I Should Have
But I Didn’t

Under The Star, My Heart Beats There
It Was Just Because Of The Star
Next Year In Jerusalem
Next Year In Jerusalem

And Late One Night, I Woke Up From The
Noise In The Street
People Were Shouting
People Were Running In The Stairs
They Knocked On the Door
And Then They Came Rushing In
With Guns And No Compassion
They Said, You Have To Come
One Suitcase And That’s All
You Must Go Now

We Ran Down The Stairs
Joseph Wasn’t Fast Enough
They Kicked Him And He Fell
And He Was Only Three
I Picked Him Up, And Took Him In My Arms

They Took Us To The Train
They Packed Us Like Cattle
Rebekah Squeezed My Hand She Said:
We Must Stay Together
No Matter What Happens

How Can I Describe
Cause When We Arrived, They Took
Rebekah And The Children Aside
And We All Cried
She Looked At Me
I’ll Never Forget Her Eyes
She Said, I’ll Take Care Of The Children
And Then They Were Gone, Gone
Next Year In Jerusalem
Next Year In Jerusalem

We Must Not Forget, We Can Never Forget
Because Of the Star
We Must Not Forget
It Did Really Happen

2 comments

  1. We Must Never Forget, We Can Never Forget

    We won’t. And we won’t allow others to forget or play this down ever. Never again. Never again.

    Peace to you my brother. They are in my thoughts every single day.


  2. Amen. It is true that many genocides preceeded the holocaust, and many genocides have occured after it. But this was the largest one ever, and the first industrial cold-hearted planned genocide, with the German precision and calculation. It shows what can happen when something good (industry and efficiency) falls into the wrong hands.
    Psychologically the holocaust is also horrifying since it proves to us the possible devastating result of mass-mentality following the crowd, trusting in the leader without thinking for yourself. The scary thing is that we all have a little Hitler or Himmler inside of us.
    The scariest thing of the holocaust is what it teaches us about ourselves. The scary thing is not about how inhumane it was, but about how very human it actually was…



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