Posted on January 30th, 2015

Dr Ruwan M Jayatunge 


My heart cried

When my feet touched Auschwitz

Although many years have passed

It seems like yesterday


I was brought here

Along with my family

We traveled three nights in a cattle train

Fully packed and had no space to move


When my little sister asked for water

I gave my water bottle with a small loaf of bread

Then she slept on my lap

But I was awake all the time


When the train stopped

The Doors were opened

There were no welcome signs

The SS men came with guns and dogs

SS-Totenkopfverbände greeted no one


When I saw Sonder- Commanders

I could read their eyes

They moved like living dead

Gave no word or smile


It was winter and I felt cold

I took a deep breath

My inner mind whispered

You have come to the land of death


When the Commandant came

We were separated

Some went to the labor camp

And the others to the gas chamber


They gased my parents

Along with my little sister

Their ashes were scattered

All over Auschwitz


Countless nights

I lived with the memory of my family

I worked all day long

But we were under fed


Famine and cold

Fear and beatings

Humiliations and torture

Every single day

We experienced death


There was no hope

There was no salvation

Only option left was

The electrified fence


After many years

We heard rumors

The War is going to end

And the Red Army is moving towards Berlin


In the final days of the War

The Nazis were frantic

Joshua said

They might terminate us all


On the 27th January 1945

The Red Army came to Auschwitz

Many of us were walking skeletons


They gave us food

And said soon the War will be over

Many became astonished

But my feelings were numbed


On the day of the liberation

Auschwitz  survivors were parted

Many went to their homes

But I had no place to go

Because my family was no more

With Joshua I moved to Santa Barbara


Many years after the war

Again I came to Auschwitz

Not as a prisoner this time

But as a witness


This is the place they eliminated my entire family

I recalled my parents and little sister

They went through the gas chimney

Without telling me good bye


I tightly held Joshua’s hand

When I saw the remnants of the gas chamber

I felt despair

I had no tears to cry


I could hear many voices in this place

Million and half

Men women and children

Who were murdered by the Nazis

Then I clearly heard my little sister saying

Sara thank you for coming to see me


I closed my eyes

I wanted to be alone


Why did they do this to us?

Why Why ?


If I could speak to the whole world

I would say a few words

Please do not let it happen

Never again

Never again





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