Every 21 March is World Poetry Day, the purpose of which is to celebrate the diversity of the languages of the world in an artistic way. World Poetry Day is an invitation to reflect on the power of language and the full development of each person’s creative abilities.
Many people have responded to the atrocities of the past through poetry. It is a unique way to express your feelings about learning about genocide, be it through direct experience or through an HMD activity.
Some survivors of the Holocaust have written poetry to help them come to terms with their experiences. Some, such as Paul Celan and Primo Levi, are very well known, but there are many more waiting to be discovered.
We provide a number of poems that we think are suitable for HMD activities, and these can be found in our resources section.
On World Poetry Day, take the opportunity to think about how poetry can help us to learn and consider the stories that can help us create a safer, better future.
Find out more:
- read Children of Rwanda by Reverend Francois Murenzi
- read The Butterfly by Pavel Friedmann
- read Belsen Silence by Iolo Lewis