by Eva
["By the time Treblinka was shut down in July 1943, its gas chambers had taken the lives of at least 750,000 people, mostly Jews from Poland.  Following Heinrich Himmler's visit to the camp in March 1943, the Nazis exhumed hundreds of thousands of bodies that had been buried.  Huge pyres were built, and the bodies were burned to obliterate the evidence of the mass murder that had occured.  These bones bear silent testimony to the Nazis' failure to achieve their goal" -- "1943:  Death & Resistance."  The Holocaust Chronicle. (2002).  Lincolnwood, IL.  Publications International, Ltd, p. 465.]
If the trees could speak, what would they say
Of the day you were cruely led away
To secreted places through the fog,
Driven to your death by vicious "dogs"?

And if the rocks could speak, what would they say
Of the monstrous grave dug on that day
To house the solemn community,
Whose lives were taken mercilessly?

And if the ground could speak, what would it say
Of the tears and blood spilled on that day,
Blanketing the earth in crimson red:
A pool of life flowing from her dead?

And if I were there, what would I say?
Would I intervene or run away?
Would I shout to heaven, "L-RD don't You see
This evil state of humanity?"

Treblinka still cries out to those who would hear,
Her voice still rings out loud and clear,
"Be a voice for the voiceless!  Don't run away!
Stand against evil!  Begin today!"
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