Bearing witness

After his parents died in 1987 within six months of each other, Solly Kaplinski paid what he calls a “cathartic” visit to Poland in 1988 as part of the annual March of the Living.

February 6, 2019 12:29
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Bearing witness

Solly Kaplinski. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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In a poem titled “To Go Home?” Solly Kaplinski writes, “I owe it to you Mom & Dad/ even tho’ you rest in the earth/to go home.” Kaplinski, 70, a former headmaster of Herzlia High School in Cape Town, dedicates his anthology of poetry Lost and Found: A second-generation response to the Holocaust, to his late parents – “who were constantly in danger and on the run as Bielski Partisans in the forests of Russia for three traumatic years.”


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