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Never Forget

Rosenstrasse poem by Julius Schanger

Honor these women in the highest,

Who supported us through humiliation and hardship.

Who fearlessly demonstrated on Rosenstrasse

Despite the Gestapo’s ban.

United in terror by the persecution,

Loyalty is not an empty delusion!

We owe them our lives

And all else they did for us.

They never waivered through all the pressures

And held no regrets for what they endured.

How can we possibly thank them?

For so much love, such devotion!

No one can deny your role,

You gave us strength and sunshine.

A monument to love for all time

Is what you planted in our hearts!

Julius Schanger

11 February 2020

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