A Wall of Two: Poems of Resistance and Suffering from Krakw to Buchenwald and Beyond (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Oct 8, 2007 - Poetry - 158 pages
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Buchenwald survivors Ilona and Henia Karmel were seventeen and twenty years old when they entered the Nazi labor camps from the Krakow ghetto. These remarkable poems were written during that time. The sisters wrote the poems on worksheets stolen from the factories where they worked by day and hid them in their clothing. During what she thought were the last days of her life, Henia entrusted the poems to a cousin who happened to pass her in the forced march at the end of the war. The cousin gave them to Henia's husband in Krakow, who would not locate and reunite with his wife for another six months. This is the first English publication of these extraordinary poems. Fanny Howe's deft adaptations preserve their freshness and innocence while making them entirely compelling. They are presented with a biographical introduction that conveys the powerful story of the sisters' survival from capture to freedom in 1946."
  

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"This is not poetry. It's an alarm bell./ It's a scream, a thunderburst/ syllables in a rush./ The same old sounds." That two sisters from Krak�w were able to remain together in the ... Read full review

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Contents

Childhood
3
The March of the FifteenYearOld Boys
7
Us
9
Procession
10
The Land of Germany
11
German Uniform Mania
12
Pursuit at Night
13
To a Friend from a Strange Planet
15
Christ Lonely
56
To the Rhythm of a Very Fast Waltz
58
The Robots
60
Bread
62
Pears
63
Waiting
64
The Gallows
65
An Army in Retreat
67

Fatherland
18
The Day Will Come
20
A Night among Frenchwomen
22
The Mark on the Wall
26
Snapshots
27
On Learning of the Latest Transport
30
The Days of Vengeance
31
Flight for Life
32
The Origin of a Poem
34
Terrifying Laughter
35
Our Blood
36
Time
37
Strange Poem
39
A Childs Vision of Peace
40
My Life
42
Verses
43
An Answer
44
The Demand
45
The Abscess
46
To Our Professors
47
Prison Nights
49
Harmonica
50
Fear in the Barracks
51
When You Find Out
53
Encounter
54
Two Machines
55
Anniversaries
68
Skarzysko
69
To the German People
70
At Labans Grave
72
Meditation in an Air Raid Shelter
73
My Language
74
Movie
75
The Converts
77
The Bastard
78
To My Hungarian Brothers
80
No One Is Calling
81
And My Songs
82
To Jews Abroad
83
My Freedom
85
Letter from the Hospital
86
Second Letter
88
Purim 1946
90
Youth
92
An Open Letter to Julian Tuwim1947
96
Afterword
105
Notes on the Translations
107
About the Translators
115
Bibliography
117
Acknowledgments of Permissions
119
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About the author (2007)

Fanny Howe is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. Among her books of poems are "Gone: Poems "(California, 2003), "Selected Poems "(California, 2000), "Forged "(1999), "Q "(1998), "One Crossed Out "(1997), "O'Clock "(1995), and "The End "(1992). She is the winner of the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal for Poetry and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. "Selected Poems "was also one of the "Village Voice"'s Best Books of the Year and was nominated for the Griffin Trust Prize.

Henia Karmel and Ilona Karmel were born to an affluent and distinguished family in Krakw. After the war, they both eventually emigrated to the United States, where they continued to write. Henia Karmel is author of Marek and Lisa. Ilona Karmel is author of An Estate of Memory. Fanny Howe is the author of, among other books, On the Ground, Gone (UC Press), and Selected Poems (UC Press), winner of the Commonwealth Club Gold Medal for poetry and The Lemore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Selected Poems was also one of the Village Voice's Best Books of the Year.

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