Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

yahrzeit2Let us not forget those who died during the Shoah/Holocaust.

This poem was written during WWII, on the wall of a cellar, etched on the wall, by a Jewish prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp, in Cologne, Germany.

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.

I believe through any trial,
there is always a way
But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter,
to know someone’s there
But a voice rises within me, saying hold on
my child, I’ll give you strength,
I’ll give you hope. Just stay a little while.

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
even when there’s no one there
But I believe in God
even when he is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way.

May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace….

– Unknown

The organizations below are excellent Holocaust/Shoah resources:

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Yad Vashem


April 7, 2013 – 27 Nisan, 5773



Filed under Holocaust/Genocide, Jewish History, Judaism, Lorri's Blog, poetry, World War II

10 responses to “Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

  1. Charles Heller

    Thank you so much for the poem, Lorri. As a Holocaust survivor, I am speaking tonight at a college Remembrance Day, and I will read it at the conclusion of my talk.

    Best wishes,


    Charles O. Heller

    Author of Prague: My Long Journey Home

    web site: http://www.charlesoheller.com

    blog: http://charlesoheller.blogspot.com

  2. Charlie,

    Thank you so very much for the visit.

    I am certain your talk will inspire many. I wish I could hear you speak. Your book certainly inspired me, and some of my readership.



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  4. How amazing, to retain that belief in those kind of circumstances. Thank you for sharing this, Lorri.

    • Zivah: I found the poem so compelling and an amazing statement on man’s ability to have hope and faith through the deepest of darknesses.

  5. Inspiring post.Thank you for visiting my blog.Best wishes.jalal Michael Sabbagh

  6. Marcia S.

    I am searching for the musical composition of” I Believe. ” I have sung and listened to this poignant, haunting, gorgeous melody and am now having trouble finding it. I cannot remember the composer. Could anyone help?

  7. The Holocaust ant the Armenian Genocide will remind the world of the evil and hate.Thank you for visiting my Blog.Shaloom.Jalal Michael

  8. Adriana Valdez

    Mark Miller is the name of the composer who put this poem to music. It is for choir and piano. I recently saw a performance of this piece performed by a combined children’s and adult choir that was amazing.

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