Quotation by Nelly Sachs

We orphans we lament to the world:
World, why have you taken our soft mothers from us
And the fathers who say: My child, you are like me!
We orphans are like no one in this world any more!
O world
We accuse you!
Nelly Sachs (1891–1970), German Jewish poet and translator; relocated to Sweden. "Chorus of the Orphans," lines 25-30, translated by Michael Hamburger, et al. (1967; first edition in German: 1946).

Sachs was cowinner of the 1966 Nobel Prize for Literature.
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