songanddancegirl

"It's about words, and words are all I have…"

CIGARETTE

CIGARETTE  SELLERS  OF   3 CROSSES SQUARE

Warsaw ghetto 1940   Orphaned Jewish

children sleep on streets & in cemeteries

hiding their identities

 

Easier for Ignac Bloomberg   sandy hair

blue eyes   Not so for darklings  hearded

onto trains

 

The boys had names like:  Conky  Hoppy 

Toothy  Frenchy    SS Officer fell for Frenchy

First an advantage  Later disappeared into Gestapo

headquarters

 

What do you think they did with Frenchy?

You cannot conjure anything so depraved

Or maybe you can   They kept him in a cell

where Dr. Mengele visited daily  for tissue samples

 

Ignac survived through what his son later called:

balancing extreme fear with extreme hubris   In 1947

Canada took 1000 children   Ig was one of 3 cigarette

sellers from Warsaw who  made it out

 

Can you hear the ghostly trains crisscrossing Europe?

Night skies blood-red   Carrion cars forge ahead

One loaded with the near-exterminated

 

Your Aunties & cousins   my father said   We tried to

get them out   but it was too late    By then Canada

had decided  none was too many

 __

 

Juden-butterflies

 

 

 

Winter  2014    for Frenchy

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