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Stare Miasto's Old Town Tower

 

KRAKOW

 

Rachel Garfinkel wrote a couple of lengthy poems about Krakow in Polish. Below is an English translation of one of the endings provided by Doctor Oskar Klausenstock:

 

Where is my Krakow?

Where is our home?

What happened to us?

Where is Bełzeċ and where is Rome?

 

Endlessly, our city stretches for miles

From Plaszow to Skarzysko, from Podgorze to Ural

From Auschwitz to Siberia it follows our trail

To Paris, London, New York, to no avail.

 

For still, after all those years, it is we who track

The memories, and congregate for the tale

Like the chestnuts on the plenty, we gather

To stretch the chain of remembrance -

 

Beyond the time of bondage

To our idyllic childhood, our youth in bloom

Days of adolescent passion and abandon

Days of love and happiness, days of fear and gloom.

 

Only you, the ancient walls of our city,

Only you, the wind that blew through our hair

Only you know the suffering of the past

The agony that is still there.

 

The pain that is ours always to bear

It’s autumn season in Krakow,

Golden colors adorn the trees

In our hearts chilling winter and frost.

 

The chestnuts shimmer in the mist

Dusk falls over the borough, hurry home its time

The gates are closing, Szpera,

The city settles for the night.

 

But Krakow that once was, is no more.
Bris says:
Sounds good Mark, next time i shall read the forums so i can get in at the start.
Posted on: Oct 02, 2007
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Stare Miastos Old Town Tower
Stare Miasto's Old Town Tower
Old-fashioned church in Krakow
Old-fashioned church in Krakow
Church-one block from Rynek Glowny
Church-one block from Rynek Glowny
Grill 16/17 restaurant in Old Town
Grill 16/17 restaurant in Old Town
Restaurant Wiersynek-Grills sister
Restaurant Wiersynek-Grill's sister
Serves traditional Polish cuisine
Serves traditional Polish cuisine
Enjoy lovely venison dinner
Enjoy lovely venison dinner
Pose in Old Town (Stare Miasto)
Pose in Old Town (Stare Miasto)
Glowny Square - medievals largest
Glowny Square - medieval's largest
Cloth Hall-once main focus of trade
Cloth Hall-once main focus of trade
St. Marys Basilica-14th century
St. Mary's Basilica-14th century
Chlopskie Jadlo Polish Restaurant
Chlopskie Jadlo Polish Restaurant
Gorgeous building near parking spot
Gorgeous building near parking spot
Krakow Opera House
Krakow Opera House
Wawel Royal Castle-Polands Camelot
Wawel Royal Castle-Poland's Camelot
Polands royal residence 1038-1596
Poland's royal residence 1038-1596
Krakow
photo by: EmyG