Death thinks, animosity thinks
And still, itís possible to burn
The most beautiful meaning of all,
The meaning of human being
With its teeth of bomb, artillery and bullet
Is the wildest beast of all.
I watch womenís hair
They have cut them like hair of the sheep
How is it possible not to see caress in hair?
How is it possible not see child in mother
And mother in child?
Where is the red line of human being, then?
Upon entering into a block
I would search the light of exit sign.
It is still possible to change the meaning of human being
And still itís possible to transform
The majestic human being into a number
And still, itís possible to define the star as you like.
Human being hasnít yet become
So intelligent and heavenly to
Prevents crime from climbing on it
Auschwitz was a slaughter house for meanings
In Auschwitz the inmates werenít allowed
To stand upright in their words
And have free time of recreation in their aspirations
Please write your names and addresses clearly on your luggage
We just want to replace youÖ
Youíve been travelling in freight trains for several days
You are exhausted, thirsty, and hungry
Before resting, youíd better take a gas shower!
Welcome to the factory of death, Auschwitz!
Here,Ē your only escape route is through chimney holes.Ē
It is said that the difference between a human being and an animal
Is that a human being talks
The greater difference might be his ability to lie
How soon the absolute power separates its heart for other hearts
Is it possible to melt the words of human in the furnace of power
And transform it into a soft and malleable wax?
Wasnít it the absolute power of Hitler that Turned into the soft wax,
The words of so many doctors, army officers and soldiers?
Father Maximilian* offered his life to a prisoner
And thus, helped escape the meaning of human being from Auschwitz
Father Maximilian didnít allow them to burn the meaning of human being
To forget Holocaust
How many feasts should be held?
Women donít allow Auschwitz to speak louder than life!
And vigilantly lead life through its deaths
Holocaust is the most dreadful well of history!
Holocaust is the blackest stain on words
Holocaust should be mixed with all noble human alarms
* Maximilian Kolbe (1894- 1941)
Translated from Persian