Dedicated to Abolishing War, Establishing Justice, and Fighting Climate Disaster

Dedicated to Abolishing War, Establishing Justice, and Fighting Climate Disaster

by Iakovos Kambanellis

Look how beautiful my beloved is
Wearing her everyday dress
And a small comb in her hair.
No one knew how beautiful she really was.

Young women of Auschwitz,
Dauchau’s young women
Have you not seen my beloved?

We saw her starting a long journey
No longer was she wearing her dress
Nor the small comb in her hair.

Look how beautiful my beloved is,
So pampered by her mother
And her brother’s sweet kisses.
No one knew how beautiful she really was.

Women of Mauthausen,
Women of Belsen,
Have you not seen my beloved?

We saw her at the freezing plaza
With a number on her snow white arm,
And a yellow star laid on her heart.

Look how beautiful my beloved is,
So pampered by her mother
And her brother’s sweet kisses.
No one knew how beautiful she really was.

Below is a video of Joan Baez singing the musical setting of this poem by renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.

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