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From The Ashes of Auschwitz

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From The Ashes of Auschwitz

Telepathic messages dancing in front of me
Energies left by thousands of freed souls
Their train stopped at Birkenau,Auschwitz
Sickening stench of burnt human flesh..
..lays heavy over the consentration camp
recognized even when the wind blew away from it


Like some new mountain range
They rise themself up from the ashes
Shaking the dust off..
The once deadly gaz has gone out
Cremation ashes has turned to cold leftovers
Nevertheless their spirits lives on
They`ll find their own way out
Out of the relentless Nazi camp

Into a world with pure freedom
No greed,hunger or merciless regimes
Nor any blasphemous,persecuting religions 
All humans raised above hate and inequality
2 million humans met their fates in Birkenau,Auschwitz
6 000 per day..some days twice as many
From the ashes of Auschwitz..
..comes a cry for us to learn from history




A.Ertsland
November 30th 2012

In memory of those arrested and sent to the Nazi consentration camps 70 years ago.
November 26th 1942, 530 Men,Women and Children were chased onboard the German 
ship "Donau",to meet their fate in Auschwitz,Birkenau.By the end of WWII a total of 759
Jews had been deported from Norway to Nazi concentration camps.Only 25 survived...


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  1. Date: 4/27/2013 8:43:00 PM
    Awesome write you got up there ;} You must watch "The Boy in The Striped Pajamas" if you haven't already, it's about this subject. I first watched it 2004 ?

  1. Date: 4/13/2013 11:52:00 AM
    Yes, genocide didnt stop there. A very sad fact yet true. What a heartfelt write you have here. it seemed like you poured all of your poetic and deepest mind on your poetry before you took a break. I hope you are ready for the next work. :)

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 12:39:00 PM
    Was Auden right that there was no poetry after Auschwitz? Understandable yet he wrote again. Our ship the 'Marco Polo' moored alongside in Oslo so soon after Brevik, you reminded me of the above. Their and ours 'Hero Generation' of the UN & the the Resistance Movements that defeated Fascism should make us their successors humble yet proud, vigilant and cool headed in defending their legacy. Fine poem Anne Lise, from Peter Dorr. 20/3/13

  1. Date: 12/9/2012 10:43:00 AM
    Hi Arild great tribute to those so mindlessly slain, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 6:29:00 AM
    Auschwitz..i wrote about two poems about it but none as profound as this.. To learn from history..such a wise advice.I visited Auschwitz as a tourist in my teens.It left so much.sad memories i vowed.not to ever return to that ugly truth.

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 8:51:00 AM
    This will cut deep Arild, with some, and we remember them, this is a awesome poem, one that shows your diversity, and ability to write wonderful poetry. this has touched me ever so much! thank you.....

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 8:21:00 PM
    fav'n this one!!! :)

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 8:20:00 PM
    Straight from your pure heart...I just know Anne Lise loves this one too...did u guys get to go to Birkenau this yr...I have such a deep admiration for writers who spread these horrific truths...get ready, friend...in some other form it will happen OR is happening again...men just don't seem to learn from their fearless hate-filled hearts. Hugs, gwendolen

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 3:13:00 PM
    wow, that is a REALLY huge number per day that lost their lives to the gas chambers. Unbelievable. I used to read alot of these stories and about the survivors when I was in high school. I take it that you visited the place. It must really make you reflective, because you wrote a very reflective and sincere poem about it, Arild!

  1. Date: 12/4/2012 3:11:00 PM
    hmmm, I read someone's poem about Auschwitz very recently so I figured it had been this one!! OK, good, let me read this one!!!

  1. Date: 12/2/2012 5:47:00 PM
    Powerful piece my friend. You brought to poetry a tragic time in history. And yes as you said below , I can only hope we can learn from past mistakes. Well done my brother. Hope your week is filled with peace and joy. Michael

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    Date: 12/3/2012 12:05:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks for your always supportive comments,Michael.Have a great new week too!
  1. Date: 12/2/2012 6:47:00 AM
    oh Arild a stunning portrait of those many who suffered so much ..a sensitive tribute to those who still hold scars within luv..feeling the deep emotion of this piece ..

    Ertsland Avatar Arild Andresen Ertsland
    Date: 12/2/2012 11:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you Sweetheart for your lovely comment:-) hugs and love
  1. Date: 12/1/2012 7:52:00 PM
    So powerful...and some still claim it never happened...thank you for remembering..Light & Love [I have written a dedication to you.]

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    Date: 12/2/2012 11:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks Debs for your lovely comment..will check it out soon;-) hugs and love to ya`
  1. Date: 12/1/2012 11:37:00 AM
    You have done a great job with this one Arild. Well done xx

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    Date: 12/1/2012 2:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks for your lovely comment dear Mandy xox~
  1. Date: 11/30/2012 8:15:00 PM
    evil is still here...we just look away....not much different , so we haven't learned much.. 'they who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it'

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    Date: 12/1/2012 5:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    the evil that men do lives on and on...thank you for stopping by Victoria.Appreciated it very much
  1. Date: 11/30/2012 8:13:00 PM
    thank you for reminding all that poets have a purpose

  1. Date: 11/30/2012 6:27:00 PM
    Arlid, a very interesting poem... In my own way I can feel the energy left behind... A sad time in history... I will never understand the pure evil that made this happen,,, a sad number of survivors... thank you for sharing this poem with us.. always & forever... PD

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    Date: 12/1/2012 5:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    these same dark forces are still blooming,refusing this ever happened..
  1. Date: 11/30/2012 4:44:00 PM
    Learn, World, Learn. This is such a heart shattering poem, Arild. You've done a wonderful job with it, and yes, I think it needed to be written. Hugs, Catie :)

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    Date: 12/1/2012 5:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    don`t think we`re able to learn from history..,sorry my typo,lol:)
    Ertsland Avatar Arild Andresen Ertsland
    Date: 12/1/2012 5:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ..I don`t we`re able to learn from history,dear Catie.heart shattering indeed my friend