More Than A Statistic

By Nicola Apps

 

A veil of numbers and

Figures casting a shadow,

Unable to see reality.

So hard to remember,

It’s more than a statistic

 

Those six million were more than a number.

They were men, women and children,

Individuals who laughed and cried,

Who fell in love.

 

Too many people to see at once,

Doesn’t mean they should be forgotten.

Look over the facts and see the faces,

Begin to remember the individual.

 

A child clutching a mother’s hand.

Two friends sharing an embrace.

Lovers sharing a kiss.

They were just like us.

 

They would have had dreams

Just like we have.

They would have gazed at the same stars,

And made a wish.

 

A veil of numbers and

Figures casting a shadow,

Unable to see reality.

So hard to remember,

It’s more than a statistic.

 

Nicola is a young author who went to Auschwitz with the Holocaust Education Trust in November 2012. She used her passion and skill for creative work to write down what she felt, experienced and learnt from her journey.

This particular poem is part of an anthology she wrote after visiting Auschwitz. It focuses on how we should look past the numbers and the statistics of the Holocaust and see the real people who died at the concentration camps, to realise that they were just like us.

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