Auschwitz: Where Death and Hate Embraced

January 27, 2020 at 11:28 pm (History, Horror, News, Poetry) (, , )

Auschwitz: Where Death and Hate Embraced

The outmost darkness lay behind 
gates that said Work makes you free
Orwellian newspeak before Orwell
even coined the term 
It was all a lie, a battle cry 
for ancient gods craving blood 
A race of übermensch 
that loved the stench 
of the flesh burning in fires 
in concrete pyres 
that reached the sky 

Skies were always gray here 
even when the sun shone up above
Clouds never dropped rain
But the ground soaked blood 
And the bones were food 
for a ravenous Fatherland 
that worshipped death 

Innocence was lost 
under hearts of frost 
Covered by coats of black 
and skull and bone lapels 
in a place under Hell’s dark spells
Marks the spot where pure Evil dwells 

Over a million lives were lost 
where Death always made a winning coin toss 
Off Death’s dark trains, then separate
Some to work, many more to die 
Mark the spot where angels cry 
And blackened smoke fills the sky

This was Hell 
Evil’s hotel 
Where men and women watched 
others die 
While smiling and laughing under Fuhrer’s eye

Some say that was in the past
where Satan’s furnaces had a blast
but when History is forgot
Death’s sinister X marks the spot 

-A poem written by Christopher
Monday January 27th
2020
The 75th Anniversary 
of the liberation of Auschwitz 
in Oswiecim Poland

26 Comments

  1. George F. said,

    Great poem. I’m coming to the realization that my imagination cannot plumb the depths of pure evil.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, the depths of pure evil seem to go beyond imagination, my friend.

      • George F. said,

        Yes, I’m finding this to be true. To my horror.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        That Vril energy the Nazis were researching -whether it actually exists or not is still up for debate- I was watching a video on YouTube this past weekend where someone who was researching the concept of Vril energy was theorizing that Vril energy was in fact a spiritual force and that if it entered technological devices, it could make them evil.

        Maybe this explains Akira.

      • George F. said,

        Wow! I’ll have to Google that one!

  2. annieasksyou said,

    This is truly wonderful, Christopher. It should be published for a wider audience as hate crimes against Jewish people (and many other groups) are increasing, and young people don’t know enough history.

    I have a friend, a very talented writer, who has begun work on a novel about the Turks’ genocide of the Armenians, which she feels had huge ramifications for her family—even those not directly affected.

    How do we ever get past man’s inhumanity to man and actually learn from the past so we’re not “condemned to repeat it”?

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Your friend’s novel about the Armenian genocide is very important.

      Particularly at a time when the current Turkish government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to suppress all discussion about it not only in Turkey but throughout the world.

      As for your question in the last sentence, I don’t know the answer to that.

      It seems that in studyng history, I have noticed there have been many periods in history where previous history has been forgotten.

      As it says in the Book of Exodus, “There arose a Pharaoh who knew not Joseph (the Israelite who guided and saved Egypt during its 7 years of famine).”

      • annieasksyou said,

        There’s another important perspective, which I understand is in Samantha Powers’ new book: memories are mostly held by those directly affected; the huge problems occur when policy makers of the time find all kinds of reasons why they shouldn’t get involved in awful situations (eg, Rwanda).

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, it was a Canadian Army Lt.-Gen. Romeo Dallaire who commanded the UN Peacekeeping Forces in Rwanda when the genocide happened.

        His pleas to the UN to allow him to move against the practitioners of genocide were ignored.

        He wrote a book about his experiences called Shake Hands With The Devil.

      • annieasksyou said,

        Interesting! I plan to read Powers’ book at some point.

  3. Brendan Birth said,

    Thanks for writing this. Especially now, especially with the way people in my generation are increasingly forgetting about Auschwitz, things like your poem are needed now more than ever.

  4. David Redpath said,

    This piece is so well written, Christopher, it reminds of some
    classic Dylan (and that doesn’t
    happen too often) …

    The Second World War
    Came to an end
    We forgave the Germans
    And then we were friends
    Though they murdered six million
    In the ovens they fried
    The Germans now, too
    Have God on their side

    I’ve learned to hate the Russians
    All through my whole life
    If another war comes
    It’s them we must fight
    To hate them and fear them
    To run and to hide
    And accept it all bravely
    With God on my side

    But now we got weapons
    Of chemical dust
    If fire them, we’re forced to
    Then fire, them we must
    One push of the button
    And a shot the world wide
    And you never ask questions
    When God’s on your side

    Through many a dark hour
    I’ve been thinkin’ about this
    That Jesus Christ was
    Betrayed by a kiss
    But I can’t think for you
    You’ll have to decide
    Whether Judas Iscariot
    Had God on his side.

    So now as I’m leavin’
    I’m weary as Hell
    The confusion I’m feelin’
    Ain’t no tongue can tell
    The words fill my head
    And fall to the floor
    That if God’s on our side
    He’ll stop the next war

    ~Bob Dylan

  5. Dawn Renee said,

    Somehow, though a Blavatsky appreciator, knowledge of Vril was foreign to me until now. I appreciate the new research material.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Edward Bulwer-Lytton talked about the Vril in his 1871 novel The Coming Race.

      Although a work of fiction, he incorporated his own research on the concept and theory of Vril into it.

      • Dawn Renee said,

        Yes, upon reading some comments, I ended up at WIkipedia, which enlightened me some. I already know when I take the plunge to learn more, I will be placed on multiple paths of reading material

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, there’s lots of reading material on the subject out there. 🙂

      • Dawn Renee said,

        I already had a lot to learn before I learned there was this to learn. Busy, busy

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        You’re as busy as a bee these days. 😀

  6. Jessica said,

    Crazy how such a sinister and gloomy piece can be such a beautiful read 🙂

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      That is interesting, Jessica.

      I was trying to pay tribute to those who died there.

      I guess I succeeded since the memories of their lives were recounted amidst such gloom and doom.

      • Jessica said,

        It’s truly well written. I normally back off from anything like this but you made it nice and easy to swallow.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        That’s great to hear. 🙂

  7. Anonymole said,

    I’ve often reflected on, not just the loss of life, but of the loss of mind. Imagine where humanity might be, technologically speaking, if all the clever minds, taken in war and oppression over the millennia, had had a second chance.
    We celebrate only a few thousand individuals who’ve contributed to our culture and progress. A few thousand out of billions and billions.
    Humanity is such a sad species. It’s no wonder we’re doomed.

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