During the holocaustMy grandparents were taken
I feared I was next
As I walked down the streetI was so scared
A banned house, nothing left
I saw NazisThey took my friends and family
I wanted to escaped
I couldn’t.I stood there in fear
At that moment I wanted to dieNothing was left
Nothing but the memories
Escaping was an optionBut I couldn’t just leave
My family was here
The only thing was to waitI prayed everyday it would end
And hope id be here in the end with my family and friends.
This poem is by Kelsey Burrier, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Fairport Harding School in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Kelsey has imagined a life of persecution under the Nazi regime, capturing the loss and terror that so many experienced. Thank you, Kelsey, for putting yourself in the shoes of young people who lived through the Holocaust era and expressing your reflections in this poem.