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Dan Pagis, trans. Stephen Mitchell





"Families were divided cruelly and mercilessly during the Holocaust. Often the women and the weaker children were separated immediately from the men and stronger boys. Similarly, here are Eve and Abel alone and in a powerless state, with Cain – a physically dominant son – and Adam – a man created to protect the earth and rule over its creatures – absent."

(to read more about the meaning of this poem, please check out http://www.uscj.org/koach/kocapr03shore.htm)

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