Literary Birthday – 11 May – Rose Ausländer

Three Quotes

  1. Be who you are. / Give what you have.
  2. Behind my cheerfulness / breathes the grief / Behind the grief / stands my amazement / beyond cheerfulness and grief / and beyond all / what was / what is and / what will be.
  3. My Fatherland is dead / they have buried it / in fire / I live / in my Motherland / Word.

Ausländer was a Jewish German and English language poet. She spent part of World War II in the ghetto of Czernowitz. She was given American citizenship in 1948. After the trauma of persecution, she wrote in English and only resumed writing in German in 1956.

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by Amanda Patterson