This Tuesday 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day. It marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by soldiers of the Soviet army. The day is a national mark of respect for all victims of the holocaust as well as other victims of genocide.
The video below is a piece of music composed by Steve Reich. He interviewed 3 people who had survived life in the camps. He then used their speech patterns to compose melodies for some stringed instruments. You can hear sounds of trains and sirens. It is a very powerful piece of music that bears witness to terrible suffering.
We played, we laughed
we were loved.
We were ripped from the arms of our
parents and thrown into the fire.
We were nothing more than children.
We had a future. We were going to be
lawyers, rabbis, wives, teachers, mothers.
We had dreams, then we had no hope.
We were taken away in the dead of night
like cattle in cars, no air to breathe
smothering, crying, starving, dying.
Separated from the world to be no more.
From the ashes, hear our plea. This
atrocity to mankind can not happen
again. Remember us, for we were the
children whose dreams and lives were
By Barbara Sondek