Monday, November 18, 2013

My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto by Steve Klepetar


"In My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto, this group of poems commemorates my paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother, who perished at Auschwitz, and my mother, who survived."


Steven Klepetar's poetry provides a multi-generational chorus of voices distilled through the suffering of memory. Klepetar--the son, grandson, husband, and especially father--offers his readers a loving poetic voice that bridges time and space. "My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto" is more than another collection of Holocaust poetry, it is a unique personal reflection that only a survivor's child could hear within himself. A beloved English professor, Klepetar, shares his mind, heart and memories that teach and heal.
-- Joseph A. Edelheit, Rabbi, Professor of Religious and Jewish Studies, Director of Religious Studies, St Cloud State University

Steve Klepetar takes us to his kitchen table, a space where family meaning is made—truths, intimacies, physicalities.  We are invited to this table to do homework of our own—the work of listening, of empathy—about this family history.  His poems break open the boundaries of time and space.  They put Auschwitz just outside the window, along train tracks that run through our Minnesota back yards, dislocate us in a scent of ash on the wind.  It is the story of brutal suffering, resistance, angels, survival.  He asks: Who can hear us?  Who stands with us?  There is only one answer: We will. 

-- Daniel Wildeson, Ph.D. 
Director, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education
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