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Several years ago I was in Prague staying with a friend who lives there.. He invited me for a trip out to a place called Terezin . It is a walled town, and was used for imprisonment in both World Wars .. the Nazis used it in the 2nd War to house Jews, dissidents and Resistance fighters.. Many died of sickness and disease in the terrible and overcrowded situations, many were shot or killed , and thousands took the journey from here to the Extermination sites..

I went to the Museum , a simple place that deeply affected me, with it’s children art  and photograhs and accounts of the horrors that took place here and in other places …  A remarkable matter is that the Jews being held here established their own council to make representations and deal with matters of concern , but also many of the very gifted captives used their talent in artistically creative ways 


O Terezin

You place of sin

Of death and degradation

Holding place

For terror camps

For Jewish execution

“ The Final Solution

Of the Jewish Question”

Young and old

Side by side

Unaware of genocide

Children leapfrog



Into fratricide

O Terezin

Fortress camp

Served as Jewish ghetto



For mass extermination

Demonic torment

Brutal treatment

Dignity repressed

O Terezin

Your famine

Your death

Disease and excrement

The torture

And the nakedness


Screams and cries

Squeezed like cattle

Sent to die

‘Sie wurden in den Transport eingereicht…’

Began the note

To those whose plight

Would be a one-way

Train to Auswitz


O Terezin

You living Hell

Your Machiavellian posturing

The charade the lies

The twisting of the knife

To cover the Evil of your ways



You could not


The spirit of your captives

Who snubbed their noses

At your evil and depravity

And broke out into song and dance..

As their last chance at freedom

And of life ….

With poignant levity

The people made their puppet shows

Their vaudeville

Their operas

Their concerts and their pantomimes

While poets uttered rhymes …

Most touchingly the children drew

Their chilling record

Of your crimes

Their gifted plays

Their satire of your ways


And in the end 

The Final Solution

Had its own


O Terezin 

You could not win              


john nuttall May 2018

beautiful polish dancer


I saw a beautiful dancer

Each moment a gift

Each movement a poem

Expression and projection of what lived inside


Reaching outwards stretching upwards

Then drawing back within

Balletic poise and valence

Counterpoise and balance

Enclosed then released

Confined then breaking free

Expressing glorious liberty

Restricted, restrained, held in…. then

Exploding in a flurry of exuberant joy

From rippling stream to mighty torrent

Lightness of being yet

Strength and power in every movement


Twirling , extending, exploring

Painting poemic masterpieces in space

And oh such grace


She touched my heart

Caused an upwelling of tears

She burst upon the scene of my life

A woman of beauty and grace …..


And then: her friends encircled her

With rhythmic claps, and shouts and calls

She lifting up her hands heavenward

Twirled and twirled a hundred times or more

Eyes raised

A heart full of praise

A joyful expression

And oh the grace


And in that moment

And many times beyond

Instead of her

I see my friend Jesus

Leading the dance

With joyful face

Tehilla praise

And I am drawn, invited

Beckoned in

To join the dance

To enter the grace