I wonder why we still refer to them as concentration camps?
These were extermination camps.

Anonymous Woman

The end of the line

Bent trees emerge like painful growths from brown earth
Where patches of snow still lie
In proof that this is
Winter

What I thought of as my self
Vanishes to a cloud
In the grey sky
A mystery

This is true emptiness
Sucked out from the inside
Hollow, faceless
Blank

The crimes that were committed here are horrors
For which I have no words
Nor understanding

The true miracle
Is that any living being survived

And yet some defied
The lice
The rats
The cold
Starvation
Diarrhoea
Sleeplessness
Overwork
Torture
Humiliation
Gas
Mass extermination

And some escaped

Who were these people
Of whom remains
A pile of shoes
Combs
A heap of hair
Baby clothes
Suitcases carefully inscribed
With addresses
To which few would ever return?

Stand still and you can feel the beating hearts
Of all who lived and died here
In the dark chamber
Breathe in the walls

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