Thursday, April 19, 2012

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)

The song in the video, sung by Sophie Milman, is "Eli, Eli" - a poem written by Hannah Senesh and set to a melody composed by David Zahavi.

Senesh (1921-1944) was a Jewish parachutist who was captured by the Nazis and their collaborators in Hungary in 1944. After subjecting her to months of torture, through which they tried and failed to get information out of her about her mission, they executed her by firing squad.

Here's an English translation from the Hebrew of "Eli, Eli":

My God, my God,
May these things never end,
The sand and the sea,
The murmur of the water,
The lightning of the heavens,
The prayer of man.
אלי, אלי
שלא יגמר לעולם
החול והים
רשרוש של המים
ברק השמים
תפילת האדם


naida said...

It really is amazing the atrocities humans are capable of. Her poem gave me the chills.

HKatz said...

Her poem is beautiful and chilling, especially knowing what happened to her. And I agree - when people combine cruelty and ingenuity it's appalling and amazing what they contrive to do to others.

Relyn Lawson said...

I can't believe that I haven't told you yet how much I love this. It moves me to tears. Thank you.