Remembrance day 4 may 2016
Below is listed the speech Maurice Elzas. It was his lecture on May 4, 2016 as part of the commemoration.
|REMEMBRANCE DAY 4 MEI 2016
When I think of the war, a poem by Leo Vroman immediately comes up at me:
Kom vanavond met verhalen
Come this evening with stories
We were children.
We thought it was some kind of game.
We fled or went into hiding were arrested and taken away.
About 70 years ago we came, the few survivors home.
In our house lived another lady.
Some, from the camps, came back as a headstrong, wicked
Everything was different.
What we now experience tells us that man is, unfortunately, not much has changed.
But we all still hear the voice of the people who can retell it anymore. And we continue to feel guilty that we still have it and they do not.
We no longer trust that can not happen again such a disaster. And with reason.
Of the 135,000 Jews who lived here before the war, there were more than 100,000, relatively smoothly discharged. While the King of Denmark in protest with a Star of David was walking on the street. We may feel Moos not one of us?
And how is it now with our fellow countrymen?
If you come along, read the inscription on the Jewish Memorial:
“Do not cut off from the gate of his residence”
there. Eradicated or ejected comes very close to the same down. Note that there is ‘residence’ and not land, ethnicity or religion. Let us remember that when we meet each other on the street, on the train, on
Finally, we think of all those who could not be buried in their hometown. An uneasy feeling that you can show the best in poetry. Here in one verse of Jalal al-Din Rumi, a poet / philosopher of the thirteenth century.
Listen to the reed flute, how it tells