A month later, Magda and her family were exiled to the ghettos on the outskirts of Cluj. Not long after, they were forced into cattle wagons, taking them to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where they were separated through a degrading selection process with several phases — first, the men and women were divided.
“My father, in his last words, when we were separated in Auschwitz, you know, Birkenau, was ‘I want you to follow the path of love, forgiveness, and tolerance. Hang on to the three pillars, strongest pillars of life; faith, hope and love. And never, never let hatred enter your heart, because hatred is an evil force and ultimately it will destroy you."
Almighty God, upon you I call
Don't let evil spirits possess my soul
Don't let hatred strangle my love
Or despair crush my hope.
Tie me with the rope of patience
To the pillar of strength,
When anger erupts in my mind, don't let emotional blind my reason
Teach me the psalm of faith and restore my calm
Dispel my doubts and fears while the bells of life toll my years
Let the warm rays of affection and compassion conquer my spirit
O Lord, our God, please disperse the seeds of peace and brotherhood upon the earth
As times rolls on the wheels of the universe.
Magda has spent the last 43 years writing and speaking about how the Nazis almost murdered her entire family and finally left her to die in a pile of dead bodies at Bergen-Belsen. It was her physical stamina combined with her tenacious spirit and faith in God that helped her to survive the most unimaginable horrors. Magda's mother also survived, passing away in 1994 at the age of 93.
Magda is a remarkable poet and author with a forty-nine year writing career, drawing on her thoughts about life, faith, hope, love, her feelings as a Holocaust survivor, and a variety of other subjects. Behind each of her poems there is a story to be told and experienced. (Read More) http://magdaherzberger.com/