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I wear the Star of David
Strung upon a golden chain
Draped around my neck in pride
Yet they see it as a stain

They cannot see my heart
For what it truly is
Cannot Hitler hear the sound,
Beat-beating just as his?

Like a bullet piercing through my skin,
Blood pouring from the shot,
Like a glass of red, red wine,
-Shattered on the Kristallnacht.

My heart is broken by the torment,
By the scorn and the abuse,
Fast upon my heels
Hitler’s hounds have been set loose.

All my people are condemned
My hopes and dreams forgotten
In my sight I see my end
My beliefs, they have deemed rotten

There is no use in fighting
Breathe in, breathe out. Surrender
Nothing can protect you
No guard or defender

Swing lower now sweet chariot
From the Ghetto make a prison break
I’ve been giving oh, so much
What more have they to take?

They took me from my family
They took me from my home
It seems they’ve taken everything
My religion’s all I own

I am up at dawn
And lashed till dark
My screams drown out
The angels hark

As they’d visit us
Each tortured night
The lucky ones go
Into the only light

That shines on us
Where the Nazis choose
To exterminate all
Of the living Jews

That’s why this is happening
That’s why we breathe this foul air
That’s why my people suffer
My religion makes my life unfair

So what if I think differently?
What if my eyes are brown not bluish?
Look at who I was before
I was so much more than Jewish

I was a daughter and a sister
A lover and a friend
Too soon my family saw the grave
And put these titles to an end

I fear this hell cannot be blessed
I fear this cell is a lifelong friend
Soon no more beats inside my chest
Can you now hear its screeching end?

Not the first and not the last
More Jewish and gypsy souls will pass
Within this place they’ve made for death
Inside this room they’ve filled with gas

If you were to listen at the door
You’d hear the people say a prayer
“Sweet death please come more swiftly!”
Whispered into poisoned air . . .

What has this horror taught me?
-That there is nothing more to learn
When your heart is slowly stopped,
And your body left to burn.



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RachyCobain said...
Jun. 3 at 2:14 pm:
What techniques did you use to convey the meaning of this poem?
 
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HannSawyer15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm:
The fact that this isn't published in Teen Ink upsets me... this is amazing.
 
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Poetry4EverThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Nov. 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm:
That was REALLY amazing!!(:  
 
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bookwriter23 said...
Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:25 pm:
Thank you so much for taking such an interest and dedication into learning about the Holocaust.  It is crucial to learn about it so it is not repeated.  Your poem was written beautifully, capturing the emotions of the Jews during that time.  Thank you for spreading the word! 
 
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ChobaniLuvinPenguinThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 5, 2012 at 8:58 am:
I am simply speechless. THAT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Your poem shows the true horror of the Holocaust. It has a fast rhythm and flows well, but most importantly, it shows how brave you really are. Many thanks for bringing this to the attention of those who did not understand, and thank you for putting your heart and soul into this. You are an amazing writer! God bless! :') 
 
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ChrisJThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 4, 2012 at 11:52 am:
This is a truly great piece, now I see why it won the Editor's Choice Award! It is very moving, and sad, and deep. Please make sure to read my poem 'Abused', it relates to this concept but isn't abot the holocaust.
 
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Strawberrygrl said...
Nov. 4, 2012 at 8:43 am:
This is such an amazing poem. great job! I really felt moved by this.
 
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SonzaThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 30, 2012 at 9:55 am:
i have read the book.....its really touching , heart piercing........ but i think i got a better view of those times through your gripping poem.......well done!!
 
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Claire_A said...
Oct. 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm:
Wow! This was the first peice from Teen Ink I read, and it's still my favorite! I love your word choice and organic rhyming!
 
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Ultim@te said...
Oct. 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm:
Wow this is touching
 
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a.drop.in.the.ocean said...
Oct. 25, 2012 at 8:31 am:
:,( I'm usually never a fan of poetry, but this was beautiful. Soo touching, I literally almost cried. (:
 
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sweetangel4life said...
Oct. 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm:
i lovlovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove this poem
 
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myonlyhopeisChristThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 23, 2012 at 10:39 am:
Thank you for standing up for what you believe and confirming that the holocaust did indeed happen. It was a horrific time in history, but no more wrong or cruel than what we do everyday when we refuse to love. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he make his face to shine upon you and give you his peace, and may your love for him increase with every passing day. -Annie Borisuk
 
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joecool101This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Oct. 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm:
Excellent piece of writing. My only concern is that the Jews were not persecuted becasue of their religion but becasuse of their Jewish race.
 
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NavyCopperQuill said...
Oct. 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm:
This poem truly touched me. Amazing job. Please keep writing, because you have a gift for it! :)
 
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Atl.Braves03 said...
Oct. 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm:
Beautiful. This is my favorite poem I've read on here. Amazing job :)
 
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larsonland said...
Oct. 12, 2012 at 11:32 am:
Truly, beautifully written, while such a tormenting feel.
 
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Kelcie97 said...
Oct. 9, 2012 at 2:40 pm:
Holy Crap! This is sooooo good! Keep up the good work!
 
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RandomPoet said...
Oct. 9, 2012 at 7:58 am:
I would like to say that this peom is inspiring and deep. I remember reading about the holocaust and watching the play of Anne rank in the 8th grade. I felt as if i could  imangine the whole poem. You are an Amazing writer and i hope eveyone will like this poem and be amazed by what they have read like I have.
 
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the-tears-im-crying-dont-deserve-youThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Sept. 20, 2012 at 11:48 am:
I thank you for you have the currage to say what needs to be said about our religion!
 
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