6 July 2006

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Dear Friends,

          

 I, Viktor Lewin,  recently returned from a trip to Poland - specifically to Warsaw, Siedlce, and Losice .

           In Losice I once again saw the recovered matzevot and spoke to Mayor Kobylinski who remains optimistic regarding the future of the memorial project .

           Another objective of my visit to Losice was to present the first annual scholarship award to three students of the local high school . It is our hope that this scholarship will encourage students to learn about the Jewish history of their town and how the Holocaust devastated it's Jewish population .

           Along with the prize awards I included a poem which was written by my daughter . I would like to share it with you .

          

 

Brianne Lewin

Our Sanctuary

 

Bird songs greet the visitor

 

who emerges with the spirit,

 

accosts the hollow sound

 

of people of the past.

 

 

No company in decades,

 

mindful of the weeds

 

that twist around the memory,

 

and creep around the trees.

 

 

A secret place, inhabited

 

too long vacant to the eye,

 

where sorrow and laughter resonates

 

with vibrations of their lives.

 

 

A gust within the pleasant air

 

is breath that still remains.

 

The whispered voice of multitudes

 

calling out their names.

 

 

Layers upon layers

 

of time’s declining hour,

 

yet broken stones and broken lives

 

reconnect with honour.

 

 


Brianne Lewin at Losice, in front of the pile of tombstones at what used to be the Gestapo Headquarters in Losice and later Dr. Wroblewski's yard
 

 

 

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