Harold Macdonald's Muse


Kristallnacht, November 1938






Holocaust Poetry




Harold Macdonald

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.