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The following poem was written by Hilda Lebedun and shared as part of the Memory Project.

Again and again

The memories flood my mind,

Intense, deeply felt,

Strong, piercing,

Tightly impregnable, hard.

I am bracing myself against the wall,

Trying to unwind

In prayers!

Only this way does

The tension in me break.



It takes a long, long time

To cope, to soften the pain,

But these memories

Resurface again,

Again, and again.


I am trying to

Rescue my troubled mind

From Auschwitz-Birkenau,

The gruesome site.

I cling to hope for this memory

To unwind—to leave,

So I can again cherish my life

For a time.

by Hilda Lebedun