Rose Stein Speaking Within The Poetry Circle At The Jewish Home For The Aged In The Bronx
All my family was killed by the Nazis:
what made Hitler kill the Jews?

I can never get an answer
for why Hitler killed the Jews

I started with a question
spoiling my whole day —
not only the day, the whole week!

To punish a nation
with such torture . . .

They took
two brothers of mine . . .

I better not
talk

Once I mention
Hitler, I’m
gone

My mother held me, she
squeezed me and
whispered,
Please
don’t cry —

Let’s
continue, let’s be
happy, I have
children