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Quotation by Sharon Olds
The symmetrical piles of white bodies, the round white breast-shapes of the heaps, the smell of the smoke, the dogs the wires the rope the hunger. It had happened to others. There was a word for us. I was: a Jew.
Sharon Olds (b. 1942), U.S. Jewish poet. "That Year," lines 24-28 (1980).
On seeing, in social studies class, photographs from Auschwitz, a Nazi concentration camp located in Poland, where more than one million Jews were killed during World War II.
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