- 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
- War Reparations
July 30, 2014 10:16AM
- The Internet is a Wondrous
July 14, 2014 04:06PM
- The Summer I Watched the World
End on TV
July 09, 2014 07:37AM
- The Way You Will Go
July 08, 2014 03:50PM
- Ekphrastic Poem
July 07, 2014 11:25AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Yes, Germany is paying
reparations. It's not enough.
read my essay
July 30, 2014 07:33PM
- “Daisyjane, thanks. I was
thinking about that just
morning. About my
July 30, 2014 02:28PM
situation that has no
July 30, 2014 11:13AM
- “What did my parents
really want from the
July 30, 2014 11:13AM
- “The solution to me seems
impossible. Just another of
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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 »
I was mowing the grass and a neighbor came up to me with his dog. We've met once before. He gave me a tip about the mulch I was putting down.
This time he asked how I was doing, and I said okay.
He mentioned Roanoke and started… Read full post »
Let me first say that there are poets and poems I really really like.
Here's a short list of poets who immediately and without prompting come to mind:
Whitman, Robert Lowell, Emily Dickinson, Randall Jarrell, Robert Frost, Ai, WisÅ‚awa Szymborska, Homer, Francois Vil… Read full post »
Obama Chews Gum on D-Day: Apparently, Obama was chewing gum at the ceremony commemorating the 70 th anniversary. I don't have a problem with this. I figure he was trying to show his solidarity with the GIs who crossed over the channel. They were scared as shit and chewing… Read full post »
My parents were two of the 15 million or so people who were swept up by the Nazis and taken to Germany to be slave laborers. My mom … Read full post »
My friend Oriana Ivy has offered me her most recent posting from her blog:
Nietzsche: sculpture by Peter Lenk
NIETZSCHE: POSTCARDS FROM SWISS ALPS
I love the great despisers,
for they are great worshippers,
arrows of longing for the ot/… Read full post »
The third and final section of Breindel Lieber Kasher’s 60-page interview with Holocaust Survivor and co-founder of Yad Vashem Israel Gutman is now available at Writing the Holocaust, http://writingtheholocaust.blogspot.com/, where the entire review can also be read and discussed. In/… Read full post »
The Nazis directed a part of their machinery of death to the eradication of the Gypsies (the Roma people). Of the 1,000,000 gypsies in Europe before World War II, 25% were murdered by the Nazis.
To read more about this aspect of the Holocaust, you can click on this… Read full post »
In my dreams
There are no people, just things like cars and trees and sometimes a highway but no people. Not my wife Linda or my daughter Lillian or my grand-daughter Lulu, not even my mother or father, or my sister who is still alive and lives in Chicago.
Sometimes… Read full post »
It's been four years since my heart trouble and my open heart surgery. I'm feeling pretty good. I'm getting around, traveling, eating way too much, gambling when I can, drinking wine every night, and writing. This last weekend my wife Linda, my daughter Lillian, my grand-daughter Lu… Read full post »
Mother’s Day Poem
I remember my mother, her old house,
the miracle of her love, her fingers
on my cheek brushing away the night,
the world coming home for breakfast,
her eyes asking if I’d been on the road
for long and was the traffic… Read full post »
One year I decided to only write poems about all the secrets I've kept from people.
I can't show you any of them.
My father spent four years as a slave laborer in Nazi Germany, and my mother spent two and a half years there. They were two of about 12 million people who were taken to Germany to do the work the Germans needed done while their own workforce was out… Read full post »