Charles J. Ingerson

HIDING NOTHING (Belzec 1942)

(Prelude:

Citizens digging in the dirt
knowing full well for what
crawling on their knees
pushing one another aside
fields planted with remains
gold, money, jewelry et al.
in the ashes of the dead
thousands in the hundreds
murdered/gassed/eliminated
this was Belzec, Poland
all knowing what happened
all denying it to themselves
digging in the dirty ashes
once citizens now what?)

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Nothing Hiding – 1

Proudly displaying a plan
experts employed to kill
as all in the final solution
called Germanizaton then
called murder now today
building wood buildings
running lines with gas
engines started supply
sometimes 30 minutes
sometimes longer taking
naked people pressed
some dying while waiting
without bearings or time
until too late to fight back
in this insane circumstance
where nothing was hidden
yet where no one saw
experts hired to murder
proudly proclaiming acts!

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

One to Another

Begun as defensive
tank ditches long
forced labor to use
the Jewish inmates
guards to oversee
then Barbarossa
changing so quickly
one to another
extermination begun
ditches now graves
bodies upon bodies
covered thinly first
these tank ditches
ending in death!

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Confusion

Rushing here and there
without time to think
filthy and among dead
crowded cattle cars
stripped naked all
property taken away
jewelry – money – gold
pushed and prodded
taking a shower next
too late to realize
thousand at a time
confusion to reality
time to think short
rushing in the gasses!

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Hub of Deportations

Moving one area to another
unseen by a nation or all
lining up train cars in order
packing in worse than tight
suffocation and worse horror
major cities and ghettos
rail stations and sidings
hub of deportations known
Lubin the sendoff of 95,000
yet unknown and unseen
by those frequenting stations!

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Burggraben Project

Preparing for the invasions
mustering all forced labor
work or die as an example
defending the homeland
code-named Operation Otto
thousand sent to Belzec
December 1941 to begin
digging a massive ditch
defensive fortifications
working in extreme weather
minus 30 degrees Celsius
without respite till finished
forced labor of the Jews
preparing now for death!

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Nine and One-Half
(March 14 1942 to December 1942)

Only 9½ months run
efficiency in methods
mostly Jews exterminated
with some Poles, others
destined to exceed
600,000 at a minimum
can one but comprehend
what was happening
without interference
hourly – daily – monthly
methods of efficiency
274 days of insanity!

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Zyklon B

Used or unused in Belzec
used in Auschwitz-Birkenau
Majdanek and Sachsenhausen
more quickly to kill prisoners
used in days of Napoleon
put on the bayonets
killing nothing new found
changing names and places
this pesticide Zyklon B!

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

SS Lt. Kurt Gerstein

Responsible for the delivery
Zyklon B in their containers
seeing what was happening
hid and buried the containers
wanting no part in this evil
reported what he observed
to Swiss representative
testified at the war trails
SS Lt. Kurt Gerstein
portrayed in movies/plays
involved and thus beaten
seeking to get out the truth
largely ignored his pleas
till in the end interred
dying in an allies prison
called an enemy to both
the Germans and Allies!

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Engine Failure

Only recorded one time
but how often did it
crowded in for death
but diesels not working
30 minutes then a hour
two hours not working
people dying suffocating
two soldiers working
two and half hours
the engines begin
there work of death
three hours till done
how often did it happen
recorded only one time!

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Forced to Help

The healthy separated
promised lives spared
moving the dead about
cremating the bodies
burying all the remains
cleaning the chambers
work soldiers wouldn’t
till then shipped out
when worn out fully
killed and replaced
or in the end 6/43
taken to Sobibor next
killed upon arrival
forced to help death
subjection complete!

©Copyright March 23, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Only Seven

Of the half-million
and more suspected
only seven survived
none known to escape
while unable to try
closely guarded
marked for death
yet seven survived
only two testified
so little is known
trials much later
so many murdered
how many unknown!

©Copyright March 24, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Trials Held Late

Not until the 1960’s
eight standing accused
none others brought forth
yet of the eight only one
seven were acquitted
one convicted sentenced
having served time once
four and one-half years
left to serve – released
such atrocities occurred
yet so well hidden
allowing most to flee
now all dead to be
late the trail as others!

©Copyright March 24, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

Nothing Hiding – 2

All done in plain sight
smells and above ground
still unseen to the mind
refusing to comprehend
or simply in denial
fending off the truth
while still digging dirt
roaring fires of decay
death all around found
few witnesses remained
others refusing to hear
even when voice given
experts having done well
hiding almost all to see
till in the end found
all done in plain sight!

©Copyright March 24, 2014 by Charles J. Ingerson

(Epilogue:

A final solution begun
here and other camps
Germanizaton so called
extermination as in past
civilized worlds united
since the beginning of time
these held in Germany
others in France-Russia
some in the United States
natives and religious
as then and even today
citizens digging in dirt
looking for the relics
gold – money – jewelry
antiquities of truth
denying all happened
while hiding nothing
just another event
a final solution known!)