- Danville, Virginia, USA
- June 22
- I was born in a refugee camp in Germany after World War II, and came with my Polish Catholic parents Jan and Tekla and my sister Donna to the United States as Displaced Persons in 1951. My parents had been slave laborers in Nazi Germany.
Growing up in the immigrant and DP neighborhoods around Humboldt Park in Chicago, I met Jewish hardware store clerks with Auschwitz tattoos on their wrists, Polish cavalry officers who still mourned for their dead horses, and women who walked from Siberia to Iran to escape the Russians. I write about these people.
MY RECENT POSTS
- What Keeps a Man Alive
September 02, 2014 06:47PM
- End of Civilization Update
September 02, 2014 08:25AM
- 75th Anniversary of the Start
of World War II
September 01, 2014 08:47AM
- IN THIS WAR DREAM, a poem by
August 27, 2014 11:11AM
- 10 Things I See from the
Division Street Bus, 1967
August 25, 2014 10:35PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Jan, I see what you are
saying, suicide as an act of
to give others
September 03, 2014 10:41AM
- “I think cutting off your
emotions can go a long way. I
that's how my mom
September 02, 2014 07:32PM
- “Suicide? All you had to
do was walk to the
's a great book…”
September 02, 2014 07:29PM
- “What an interesting
group we are!”
September 01, 2014 01:22PM
- “Jonathan, please do read
it on your Passionate
September 01, 2014 10:06AM
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My father didn’t know why he didn’t die when so many of his friends did.
He once told a story about being hauled out of his barracks with hundreds of other prisoners for a roll call. It was a January night, snowing and below zero, and the men were… Read full post »
We had this electrician over a couple of days ago and he was complaining that our welfare system is using up money that rightly should be going to the military.
Then he asked me to join his church. Read full post »
75th Anniversary of the Invasion of Poland:
When you read about history in the history books, it’s all so clear. The numbers make it seem that way. Numbers, people say, don’t lie. A thing begins on a certain date, and it ends on another particular date. You see the… Read full post »
This is a poem by Stephen Herz, author of Marked: Poems of the Holocaust.
IN THIS WAR DREAM
Wars don't change except in name
The next one must go just the same
You squeeze the trigger and shout: I've… Read full post »
The poem below, like the picture above, is me, around 1968.
Don't ask about the hat.
38 Easy Steps to Carlyle’s Everlasting Yeah
After living with Rod Mckuen in the horse-filled streets of Sandusky
Arise and sing naked
And dance naked
And visit… Read full post »
The following is an old post I did in 2007 about my parents and what there lives were like during and after WWII. I wrote it to give people background so they could better understand what I was talking about in my book Lightning and Ashes.
&nbs… Read full post »
My mother spent almost 3 years in a concentration camp.
She had tremendous PTSD after the war, depression that lasted for decades, sorrows she could tell no one about. To her God and man were both worthless, neither could bring her peace.
But she kept on and on because she felt… Read full post »
Every suicide hurts.
I think about the sorrow that must have brought it about, and the sorrow that spreads from it.
Here's a link to Lucinda Williams singing her great anti suicide song "sweet old world."
Sweet Old World
See what you lost when… Read full post »
We went to a restaurant for lunch, the beautiful brewery and pub restaurant. It's along the Blue Ridge mountains here in Virginia.
We ordered pizza, and I had a beer, a really great porter.
I got to the bottom of the drink and was drinking it down to… Read full post »
Marked: Poems of the Holocaust by Stephen Herz is probably one of the best poetic introductions to the Holocaust. In language that is clear and resonant, Herz tells us what we need to know in images and lines that we will not soon forget.
Here are three
Recently, I was following a discussion on Facebook about reparations from the German Government to people who suffered in the concentration and slave labor camps in Nazi Germany during WWII.
The discussion centered around whether or not financial reparations can actually c… Read full post »
About a month ago I was googling myself (seeing what was up with the way I'm interacting with the universe), and I came across a link to an essay on Isaac Bashevis Singer that mentioned me. I spent about 15 years of my academic career writing about Singer, and so I… Read full post »
It started with Walking Dead and continues through The Last Ship, and soon I'll be watching the Strain and Under the Dome and Extant and Falling Skies.
I'll see the world brought to an end by zombies, vampires, diseases, and alien invasions.
And God maybe.
My friend Sandra Kolankiewicz has a new poem of poems coming out called The Way You Will Go, and she needs to have a certain number of pre-release sales.
Sandra is a terrific writer. Here's my short Amazon review of her previous book:
I really can’t tell… Read full post »
Ten Things I see from the Division Street Bus, 1967
1. The young man in a white T-shirt
and black slacks puts his right hand
into his pocket and stands on the corner
of Division and California.
His left hand holds a paper sho… Read full post »
Five of my poems were recently featured in the online journal Escape into Life.
The poems are somewhat different from those I normally write. If you've been coming to this blog for a while, you know I often write about my parents and their experiences in Nazi G… Read full post »
Not Not Crazy
I mean, why create them?
They’re weird by any stretch of the imagination. So weird that (if evolution is to be believed) they evolved or didn’t evolve their asses right out of here. And if you want to discount evolution… Read full post »
Sorry to hear your continuing job troubles.
All I can do is recommend that you try writing a novel about small town life. I mean it worked for Sherwood Anderson.
It could still work.
I mean when was the last time America fell in love with a small… Read full post »
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