Update -Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem – Remember (experimental villanelle)

Yad Vashem – What’s in a Name

I was reminded of a piece I wrote, God Remembers Their Names on the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI speaking at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and then I came upon this : A Hand and a Name by Renee Ghert-Zand.


“How ironic it is that celebrities, who live increasingly public lives, would metaphorically die to have their names and handprints immortalized in concrete, while the victims of the Holocaust would have done anything to have been able to live out their natural lives in obscurity, their names never appearing on one of countless Nazi extermination lists recovered and now housed forever at Yad VaShem.”

Yad VaShem Hall of Names by David Shankbone


Yad Vashem – Remember (experimental villanelle)

Stolen name replaced by number,
Savaged soul and broken heart.
Hell, a people to encumber.

Blind eyes outside in darkness.
Dead souls dismissed the human face.
Stolen name replaced by number

Raising from the ashes,
Pledging nevermore.
Hell, a people to encumber

Yad VaShem, the vault of memory,
Yad VaShem, the ground of tears
Stolen name replaced by number

Shoah: families, children.
Here named, remembered, mourned
Hell, a people to encumber

Faces pictured in the silence.
Tears cried forevermore.
Stolen name replaced by number
Hell, a people to encumber

Copyright Joann Nelander

4 thoughts on “Update -Yad Vashem

  1. Hi

    You have a very nice and interesting website.

    But why do you translate to Romanian clicking the Swiss flag. You should replace the Swiss flag by the Romanan one. Romanian is not a language of Switzerland.


    • Thank you Peter.

      Regarding my language widget, I never noticed. Today I learned that Switzerland has four official languages: Switzerland’s four official languages, traditionally spoken in different regions of the country, are German, French, Italian and Rumantsch. I chose French for the Swiss flag since it’s spoken in Geneva. Now I also have a Romanian flag. Thanks again. That was fun!

  2. I went to Vad Vashem about ten years ago. I didn’t know what the name meant until the pope just told me in the video.

    I remember a couple of things: today’s Jews do not even have to say a word but only show the pictures from those days. The pictures speak volumes of condemnation. Second, the names of the children – one million of them – repeated in the children’s memorial – I cried and cried there.

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