A poem for Holocaust Memorial Day

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

It snowed again on Auschwitz

Pupils and staff of Silcoates School visited Auschwitz-Birkenau in March

2015, as part of the programme ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust (www.het.org.uk)


It snowed again  on Auschwitz;

a thick white  blanket

covering a million unmarked graves. 

The familiar train-tracks

stretch on into the distance. 

May our commitment 

extend beyond this horizon, 

beyond the memories

of a few numbered survivors

as we focus on the living

and  never forget  the dead.


Janet Lees, Chaplain, and the young people at Silcoates School

A poem for Holocaust Memorial Day