Oświęcim State Museum

Oświęcim State Museum

By John Paul Franczak (C)


Auschwitz is crowded today,

But disabled patrons may apply

For wheelchairs at reception.

Our queue sips mountain water,

Awaiting the punishment block.


Inside is the Adjutant’s office

Framed by its wide open door;

An hour we did not keep

Hangs still on his white clock

As days we did not know

Square up on his lapsed calendar.


A typewriter upon his table

Must have struck down what he said;

Then rung its bell to end a line.