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When we were the persecuted
I was one of you
How can I remain one
when you become the persecutors?

Your longing was
to become like other nations
who murdered you
Now you have become like them

You have outlined those
who were cruel to you
Does their cruelty
live on in you now?


The poem is written by Erich Fried after the Six Days war in 1967.

He is Jewish, born in Austria, exiled to Great Britain when the Nazis overtook the country, and because of the background of his own experiences with an extremist regime he became one of the harshest critics of Zionism - a mix of theocracy and racism. He is one of the most important post-modern poets of German language.

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