Quotation by Nelly Sachs

Why the black answer of hate/to your existence/Israel?
Nelly Sachs (1891–1970), German Jewish poet and translator; relocated to Sweden. "Why the black answer of hate," opening and closing lines, translated by Michael Hamburger, et al. (1967; first edition in German: 1949).

Sachs was cowinner of the 1966 Nobel Prize for Literature. The modern state of Israel was founded in 1948; however, Sachs also sometimes used the word "Israel" to refer to the totality of Jewish people.
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