Sunday, May 01, 2011

Yom HaShoah

by Dan Pagis ( 1930 - 1986 )

here in this carload

I am eve

with abel my son

if you see my other son

cain son of adam (*)

tell him I

(*) in Hebrew, Ben-Adam = Son of Adam = human being

What follows is the Hebrew original. I found the poem when I was looking for information about the Belzec extermination camp. Pagis' poem appears on a monument in Belzec. Click on the English title and on the poet's name above to find some background info on the author and on the poem.

כאן במשלוח הזה

אני חוה

עם הבל בני

אם תראו את בני הגדול

קין בן אדם

תגידו לו שאני

דן פגיס, כתוב בעפרון בקרון החתום

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