During World War II, Lily Brett's parents Max and Rose survived six years in the Łódź ghettos in Poland, before being taken to Auschwitz concentration camp where they were eventually separated. It took them six months to find each other again after the war ended in 1945. Brett was born in a displaced persons' camp in Germany in 1946. She was aged two (1948) before her parents were able to leave Germany and emigrate to Melbourne, Australia.

Children II

 

There

were

thin children

 

fat children

 

brown-eyed

children

 

blue-eyed

green-eyed

wide-eyed children

 

you’d

think

it was harder

 

to

kill

the children

 

it

was

easy

 

they

were

flung in the air

 

for

target

practice

 

had

their heads

broken

 

against

the nearest

wall

 

they

bent others

across their knees

 

like

twigs

snapping their backs

 

the lucky ones

walked with their mothers

to the gas.

Lily Brett