EIGEN TITEL

Verzin een eigen titel voor het volgende gedicht van Karen Gershon, luidde een opdracht Engels voor Mavo-scholieren waaraan ze in groepjes moesten werken. De originele titel was 'Race'. De leerlingen kwamen uiteindelijk met: 'Home again', 'The survivor' 'Prejudice of the Jews', 'Lonely Jew that survived the war' en 'The memories of the nightmareground'.

When I returned to my hometown

believing that no one would care

who I was and what I thought

it was as if the people caught

an echo of me everywhere

they knew my story by my face

and I who am always alone

became a symbol of my race.

Like every living Jew I have

in imagination seen

the gas-chamber the mass grave

the unknown body which was mine

and found in every German face

behind the mask the mark of Cain

I will not make their thoughts my own

by hating people for their race.

Karen Gershon