Kristallnacht, November 1938
We use the murder of our diplomat, von Rath
As pretext to begin annihilation
Of Jews: whose filthy lives contaminate the nation.
We cleanse the race with incandescent wrath.
We organize spontaneous killings, fire.
In public view, we trample down the meek
and world opinion turns the other cheek
and clears the way to do what we desire.
Systematically we ship them off to death
Confiscating property, their money, works of art
Rage occupies the throne, inflames the heart
The super-race, inspired by anger, takes its breath.
The cross of God, of Christ, stands in the wings
Yet we seek living fire in other things.