Je Suis Juif by Howard Richard Debs

how is it to be told? . . . in detailing the facts themselves?

—Charles Reznikoff, Reznikoff Papers Box VII, Folder 26

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His assailant tried to saw his finger off [News report]

Horrible [Facebook comment]      two Jewish brothers wearing skullcaps

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said they were driving in Bondy [News report] a northeastern suburb

10.9 kilometers from the center of Paris [Wikipedia]    the “City of Love” [Quora.com]

In the Middle Ages Bondy was mainly forest notorious

for robbers and bandits extremely dangerous [Wikipedia]

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they say they were forced off the main road by another vehicle the driver

and a passenger shouting “Dirty Jews, you’re going to die!” [News report]

Why is our world moving backwards? [Facebook comment]

The brothers were

abducted       surrounded    kicked     punched repeatedly [News report]

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The situation in Paris has been getting worse [Facebook comment]

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Jews are leaving France in record numbers

amid rising anti-Semitism and fears . . . [News report headline]

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The perpetrators threatened to kill the brothers if they moved [News report]

Makes me want to vomit [Facebook comment]

One of the alleged attackers then tried to saw off the finger of one of the brothers

[News report]                       Fake news!!! [Facebook comment]

Which finger? [News report comment]

 

Horrific [Facebook comment] *

 

*Horrific

adjective

causing horror.

synonyms: dreadful, horrendous,  frightful, fearful, awful, terrible, atrocious, heinous, shocking, appalling, harrowing, gruesome; hideous, grisly, gory, ghastly, unspeakable, monstrous, nightmarish, sickening

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin horrificus, from horrere ‘tremble, shudder’

[Merriam-Webster.com]

 

Author’s note: “People knew about Babi Yar before Yevtushenko’s poem but they were silent. Art destroys silence.” This is what the poet as witness attempts. These words of Dmitri Shostakovich, the Russian composer and intellectual bespeak the truth. But what is truth? In these times the question is nettlesome. I checked four news sources, one being The Forward, established in 1897, before putting “pen to paper” (truly, fingers to keyboard). Naysayers will call this story into question, noting that these are all Jewish based media outlets, therefore perhaps with self-serving motives. Nothing of this story has appeared in the so-called mainstream media, even granting the suggested suspect nature of these sources as well, and after all aren’t many of these associated with the “globalists” the “in” code word for Jews. If the incident actually did occur wouldn’t these outlets pick up the story? The contrarians will persist. The current milieu is such as to obfuscate, so that we give up trying to discern what actually “is.” We are left with something resembling bits of “data” as represented in this poem. Can we as human beings at least agree, if true, this is “horrific”—as defined by a reputable dictionary?

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Howard Richard Debs received a University of Colorado Poetry Prize at age 19. After fifty years in communications, and an Educational Press Association of America Distinguished Achievement Award, he resumed his creative pursuits. Finalist and recipient 28th Annual 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards, his work appears internationally in numerous publications recently inYellow Chair Review, Silver Birch Press, Syzygy Poetry Journal, New Verse News, Whispers, Cleaver Magazine  also included in the Dime Show Review Anthology Volume 1 and Clear Poetry 2015 Anthology among others, his essay “The Poetry of Bearing Witness” in On Being – On The Blog, in which appears his ekphrastic Holocaust poetry series “Terezin: Trilogy Of Names,”and his photography in select publications, including in Rattle online as “Ekphrastic Challenge” artist and guest editor; his full length work Gallery: A Collection of Pictures and Words, Scarlet Leaf Publishing, is forthcoming in mid 2017. Directory of Poets & Writers: author listing — https://www.pw.org/content/howard_debs

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