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To Holocaust Survivors in the Former Soviet Union

You worked so hard but just exist. Your high school grad dates you just missed, evacuated from Ukraine. In Russia’s army to resist, you fought the tyrant Hitler’s reign. You worked so hard but just exist on meager pensions. You subsist by choosing food or meds, that’s plain. No other kinfolks to assist in taking care of you in midst of tears and shakes of flashback strain, you worked so hard but just exist! Although you made your job’s A-list, you now wear rags, your joints in pain, no other kinfolks to assist. Your teeth all gone, in life’s mean twist, these lines remain your grim refrain: You worked so hard but just exist, no other kinfolks to assist. To help elderly Holocaust survivors in the former Soviet Union, visit the website of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews at ifcj.org.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2021




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Date: 1/14/2022 5:27:00 PM
Well said Jennifer, no human being should ever exist like that, it’s tragic what happened and happens to people in some parts of the world even to this day… Belle
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 1/19/2022 10:50:00 PM
Thank you for stopping bye with encouragement, Belle. Have a great weekend!
Date: 11/3/2021 4:42:00 PM
It's a real disgrace how they are treated; all they've been through and they are still treated this way. There is no excuse; well penned and very sad.
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 11/6/2021 11:12:00 PM
Yes, it IS a real disgrace that humanity hasn't really changed. Thank you for the visit and for taking the time to read this poem about what has happened to so many.
Date: 10/21/2021 6:51:00 AM
Hi Jennifer, a beautiful written piece for a heartbreaking existence~well done. Blessings, Paulette
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 11/6/2021 11:10:00 PM
Hi Paulette! Thank you for the visit and for taking time to read the story of what happened to so many.
Date: 9/30/2021 1:52:00 AM
Touching.Very well penned.
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 10/2/2021 5:17:00 PM
Thank you Akham! So happy you visited me.
Date: 9/27/2021 5:24:00 AM
such a touching write here
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/27/2021 9:05:00 PM
Thank you for visiting me with your encouragement Jack. Have a blessed day.
Date: 9/25/2021 3:28:00 PM
Your poem brilliantly conveys the suffering and pathos of survivors of the Holocaust. I have never visited Russia to witness how these people live now. But this poem brings it to life. Especially remarkable is the way this poem conveys how the suffering of these victims is nearly as bad now as it was when they were imprisoned in the camps by the Nazis. They can never escape the horror of their past. They are reminded of it daily. I am very moved by this poem.
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/27/2021 9:08:00 PM
Hello Thomas! Thank you for taking the time to read this and respond in the detailed way that you did. It let me know the poem conveyed what I wanted it to. I’ve never gone to Russia either or met any of these people but I would sure like to. Their stories are inspiring because they keep their faith despite all they’ve been through. Anyway, keep writing the great stuff you write!
Date: 9/22/2021 5:45:00 AM
Dear Jennifer, such a heart-wrenching poem. There are so much pain and suffering in the world, and there's not much awareness. Thank you for penning this extraordinary poem - people need to know. Love and hugs ~ Mala
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/27/2021 9:12:00 PM
Thank you Mala! I also wasn’t aware of their plight until a few months ago when I got the letter in the mail. Since then I couldn’t get their stories out of my mind. Anyway, have a blessed day! Hugs and love back to you, Jennifer
Date: 9/20/2021 3:01:00 PM
WoW Jennifer. I was one of the ones who were blessed to actually meet and shake the hand of Corrie Ten Boom. She spoke of her suffering and the suffering of others at the hands of Hitler's army. My heart and prayers go out to those who still remember those times. A fine tribute and plea for help for them. God Bless, JB
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/27/2021 9:14:00 PM
Wow! You got to meet Corrie Ten Boom!? She was an amazing lady, and so was her sister Betsy. I wish I could have met her. Thank you for the visit and encouragement. God bless you Judy!
Date: 9/19/2021 3:26:00 AM
My husband sent money to this organization for about a year but it was stopped by the credit card company which said that the money was going to some militant group like the Taliban so you need to really check out this organization to be sure your money is going where you want it to. Your visit to my page was encouraging. Sara
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/27/2021 9:18:00 PM
Oh my gosh Sara! This was a shock! Before I made my first contribution to them, I researched them on Charity Navigator and Charity Watch, and and no red flags like that came up. I looked them up again after this message from you and still nothing. What extremist group did they give to? When was this? Soup Mail me with any other info, please. God bless!
Date: 9/11/2021 4:55:00 PM
Heartbreaking knowing that people have nothing despite the years of work. They are not treated well at all. Very sad, but people do need to know. well done.
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/12/2021 10:31:00 PM
Thank you for your encouraging words. Yes, people do need to know their plight. I didn't know about the ones in the former Soviet Union until last April.
Date: 9/8/2021 6:48:00 AM
Oh Ms. Jennifer. Thanks for penning this sad sad story. There is too much sadness in our world right now, it's so overwhelming. Why would those who suffered so much not get a reprieve??
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/8/2021 1:33:00 PM
Hi Nancy! That’s my question exactly. Thank you for reading this and for your encouraging comment. God bless you.
Date: 9/8/2021 1:55:00 AM
So much oppression, throughout the world Jennifer, and throughout history, Thanks to you and your poetry, in hi-lighting their problems.
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/8/2021 1:31:00 PM
Hi Harry! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this. God bless you.
Date: 9/3/2021 10:33:00 PM
Hi Jennifer, It was horrible what they endured. Kudos to you for writing such a write. Thanks for providing the info to help the elderly Holocaust survivors- Alexis
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/4/2021 8:30:00 PM
Thank you Alexis, for reading and commenting on this. Yes, I want to use my poetry to raise awareness of the plights of others and drum up support for them. Is there a cause dear to you? Use your talent to draw support for it. You are a great poet, so you could do this. God bless you, Alexis. Love, Jennifer
Date: 9/3/2021 10:08:00 PM
Truly heart breaking. Those in power has all they need, but the poor will always remain poor. Clever writing.
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/4/2021 8:26:00 PM
Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this poem. You are so right about those in power, Victor. They have a lot to answer for. Take care! Blessings, Jennifer
Date: 9/3/2021 8:53:00 PM
Heartbreaking. Makes me feel ashamed when I complain about trivial concerns.... Very compassionate poem...
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 9/3/2021 9:24:00 PM
Thank you Shirley, for taking the time to read this poem and learn about the plight of these people. Many people here in the west don’t know about Holocaust survivors in the east and how bad they fare. God bless you and I hope to read more poems by you soon. In fact I’m going to your page now...
Date: 8/29/2021 12:01:00 PM
Great write Jennifer showing the plight of those that have been through so much, showing nice rhyme and flow with good insightfulness. Blessings always,Gordon
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 8/30/2021 1:43:00 PM
Thank you Gordon for your encouraging remarks. Blessings to you too!
Date: 8/28/2021 10:54:00 PM
An overlooked plight, Jennifer, well written!
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 8/29/2021 11:22:00 AM
Thank you James, for visiting me with encouraging comments. Glad you like it.
Date: 8/28/2021 1:28:00 AM
This is an amazing tribute to those holocaust survivors, Jennifer:) brilliantly written in a tough form:) I agree with Vijay, hats off to you:)
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 8/28/2021 2:54:00 PM
Such an encouraging comment! Thank you Jo. That made my day.
Date: 8/25/2021 9:24:00 AM
Well written Jennifer :)
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 8/25/2021 12:49:00 PM
Thank you friend!
Date: 8/24/2021 5:19:00 AM
Your poem is a great service to those who suffered and to humanity in general. Kudos for highlighting their cause, Jennifer.
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 8/24/2021 3:56:00 PM
Thank you Vijay! That’s exactly what I wanted to do. What’s your favorite cause? You could use your poetry to highlight it and drum up funds for it.
Date: 8/24/2021 3:49:00 AM
Oh my dear poet, this totally broke my heart I will visit the website, for sure. You are a blessing on this site, I hope to read more of your poetry, Much love and blessings, Vie.
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 8/24/2021 3:55:00 PM
You are a blessing on this site too Vie! You always have something encouraging to say. Thank you for visiting ifcj.org. Is there a cause you care deeply about? With your talent in poetry, you could do this too - use your talent to drum up funds for it.
Date: 8/23/2021 8:15:00 PM
Well, you are so right, Jennifer... My wife is from the Ukraine; came here at age 37. I have seen these people. They have endured so much, too much... The Fellowship has a place in my heart: I used to learn Talmud with Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, OBM, the Fellowship's founder. Thanks for posting this. ~ Gershon
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 8/23/2021 8:54:00 PM
Wow Gershon! It must have been really cool to study with Rabbi Eckstein. The Fellowship sends me devotionals by email, some of which were written by him. I like them and the ones by his daughter.
Date: 8/23/2021 11:35:00 AM
Nice to read about those who have survived more than a pandemic!
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 8/23/2021 8:55:00 PM
Thank you Rico! Aloha!
Date: 8/23/2021 9:10:00 AM
Wow... how incredibly sad, and terrible... Words written well, evoking great sorrow... Great job! We need more written about real things, history, people and the emotions they went through... before we repeat disaster!
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 8/23/2021 8:55:00 PM
Hi Ann! Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you like it!
Date: 8/22/2021 7:39:00 PM
Dear Jennifer, the compassion in this poem is expressed with great poetic skill. Thank you for the reminder of the difficult journey others have in this wilderness we call home. May the light of hope for Peace continue to shine. Carol Louise
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Jennifer Fenn
Date: 8/22/2021 8:26:00 PM
Thank you Carol Louise, for letting me know I’ve conveyed what I hoped to convey. Thank you for visiting me, Friend. God bless you.
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