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Student poem about the Holocaust wins Honourary Mention

Posted: June 26, 2015

Elya Uzan’s poem was awarded Honours in the 2015 HK Holocaust and Tolerance Centre’s Art and Essay Competition. Elya is a recent graduate of DC. A descendant of a Holocaust survivor, Elya has always felt a deeply personal connection to this horrific chapter of human history.  The focus of the competition was ‘Why Remember?’ and in her poem, Elya emphasises the dehumanisation of the victims as well as the burden of history.  She writes about the common fate shared by so many and, ultimately, we must remember them because of the common humanity that unites us with the victims.


Black, white, grey blood

was shed.

It was all the same, as were they,

as we are.


Under countless suns and moons

the human blood remains.

Now only a trail of dust,

dry soil, drenched in history.


No rain or snow

could nourish the gravel.

The dampness of love

could not seep into the fine sand

of ground bones and memories.


Their moisture evaporated,

they are unidentifiable –

the granules of thoughts and feelings

that will never reccur.


But a name or face is not needed

for a gain to be rememered.

Alongside the rest

it lies within the fields,

the streets

the tracks.


Part of a shared identity.

The blood is not dust.

The bloosd is not individual.

The blood is all the same.

as were they,

as we are.