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USAfrica | The Holocaust and the Power of Memories. A poem by Chido Nwangwu

It’s this solemn week of memorial, in

the Jewish homeland 

Israel,

the roaring thunder of memory,

the indelible power of memories

Those/ 

memorials of the mind, etched!

expressed on the daily canvas of life 

for the survivors, an instalmental life 

a life of thunderous                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             apparitions of industrialized murders and

industrialized incinerations

of kith and kin, of neighbor 

Amidst all of its agonizing clarity, these years

Elie Wiesel, survivor of the Holocaust and 

winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace, bore witness/ 

in his work titled ‘Night’ wrote these haunting words and potent promise:

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.

Never shall I forget that smoke.

Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.

Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.

Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.

Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.

Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.

Never.” 

I am awash in God’s spiritual grace, 

as I bear witness on this 2020 Yom HaShoah

In a time like this, 

In a clime like this,

In reverence to valor,    

in standing up, portraits of courage, and 

towering inspiration THEY become 

men, women, boys and girls whose 

first name should have been Courageous! 

the foot soldiers for the 

hunters of the children 

of Zion 

become the hunted;

in their own life time, 

In the lifetime of their children;

In the lifetime of their grandchildren;

history’s inevitable invoice  

and bills come

like thunder at high-noon.

Afterall, armed with 5G devices and Zoom

the offsprings of the messengers of racism, 

anti-Semitism, 

of genocides, 

the assorted confederacy of skinheads and neo-Nazi thugs,  

the radical jihadists, 

merchants of death in Nigeria called Boko Haram and 

other transporters of hate,

will increase their singing 

swine songs of mayhem and mechanized bigotry.

Alas,

to God,

in sober supplication/

in humbling reverence/

in stoic serenity/

in realistic awakening 

to the nakedness of 

its weaknesses; Israel and its friends  must rise

 to the global moral and security architecture of.

NEVER AGAIN!!

April 27, 2020

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Dr. Chido Nwangwu, the Founder of USAfrica multimedia networks and public policy organization since 1992 in Houston, is an all-platforms media executive. He is a tv broadcaster, print and internet/interactive media publisher.  Chido is a cross-cultural business strategist, data mining, risks analyst and emerging markets specialist. He served as adviser on Africa business to the ex-Mayor of Houston, Dr. Lee P. Brown. Chido is the first continental African to be admitted to the resourceful and influential  organization, 100 Black Men of America. He is the author of the November 2020 book, MLK, Mandela & Achebe: Power, Leadership and Identity. MLKMandelaAchebe.com   ISBN 978-0-9893970-0-1. He is a graduate of the FBI’s citizens academy on International security, terrorism and related matters. In July 2017, he was issued a U.S. Congressional Recognition for USAfrica’s 25 years, noting that “Your service is truly worthy of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the United States Congress.”  chido@usafricaonline.com   follow @Chido247

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  1. Gabriel Nwankwo

    May 2, 2020 at 1:57 am

    That’s a perfect write up poem on coronavirus and us by an international editor.
    Watch out for his thunderstorm November 2020 book MLKMandelaAchebe.com for your Power , Leadership and Identity .

    Gabriel Nwankwo
    Nigeria

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