Shoah

Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith: Documenting History

Rabbi Frank Dabba Smith was born in California. He studied Linguistic Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, and qualified as a teacher. In 1994 he was ordained as a rabbi at Leo Baeck College. Rabbi Dabba Smith joined Harrow and Wembley, London, England, from Northwood in 1997, where he had served as assistant rabbi. He also works as a freelance photographer, and The Economist has published over 150 of his images. His rabbinical thesis Photography and the Holocaust, is a critical approach to surveying the use of photograhy as a communications and propaganda device by all parties involved in the Holocaust.

He wrote the text to My Secret Camera - Life in the Lodz Ghetto with photographs by Mendel Grossman. His has written a book concerned with altruism during the Holocaust.

In addition, Rabbi Smith has been researching for over ten years the altruistic activities of the renowned camera maker, Ernst Leitz of Wetzlar, on behalf of Jews and other persecuted people during the Shoah. During 2007, this  original research has received prominent international attention with long  articles in journals such as the Financial Times (London), Le Monde (Paris), 
Die Welt (Berlin), Suddeutscher Zeitung (Munch) and Courrier Japan (Tokyo).

 

Jan Theuninck--Belgian

 

Jan Theuninck
(1954-    )

 

Though born after World War II in 1954, Jan Theuninck finds himself writing about the war and its aftermath.  A poet and minimalist painter with a strong interest in social and political issues, Theuninck writes under his own name as well as the pen-name, ORC, a name he uses in honor of Raoul Wallenberg.  Although Dutch is his mother tongue, he writes in French.  His work frequently appears in poetry journals and magazines internationally.


Stalag Zehn B

the feldwebel became a general

the camp doctor , a professor

and we the jews—it’s banal

we stayed jewish—no error .

 


 
Shoah

 

wandering jew, damned jew

and no words on them are forbidden

suspected of crimes and treason

they have been put in jail

they have been tortured and murdered

in the name of an insane idea

and now - more than ever -

who is next, please ? 

 

Mauthausen 186

Stone by stone 

we made a step

Step by step 

we went to heaven.

 

 

Zuydcote 

the sun shines

on the dune

the bunkers hide 

the undesirable

all of them lose 

their innocence

lost blood 

on the beach

the sea...

guilty!

 


Papirac

 The real post-war power

is still the one of the "Uebermenschen"

and this "democracy" can't be realized

but on the back of the "Untermenschen" !


 

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