Quotation by Irena Klepfisz

These words are dedicated to those who survived
because life is a wilderness and they were savage
because life is an awakening and they were alert
because life is a flowering and they blossomed
because life is a struggle and they struggled
because life is a gift and they were free to accept it
Irena Klepfisz (b. 1941), U.S. Jewish poet and essayist; born in Poland. "Bashert: These Words are Dedicated to Those Who Survived," lines 26-31 (1981).

Klepfisz and her mother escaped the Warsaw Uprising, in which her father died, and emigrated first to Sweden, then to the United States. These lines are dedicated to the survivors of the Holocaust.
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