A Poem of Belief by a Jewish Prisoner in a Nazi Concentration Camp

13 Nov

I thought I’d share this poem that I found on the internet. It was written during WW2, on the wall of a cellar, by a Jew in the Cologne concentration camp.

“I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.

I believe through any trial,
there is always a way
But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter,
to know someone’s there
But a voice rises within me, saying hold on
my child, I’ll give you strength,
I’ll give you hope. Just stay a little while.

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love
even when there’s no one there
But I believe in God
even when he is silent
I believe through any trial
there is always a way.

May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace….”

– Uknown

13 Responses to “A Poem of Belief by a Jewish Prisoner in a Nazi Concentration Camp”

  1. Kelsey Andrews October 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    This always makes me cry and gives me an eternal perspective on life.

  2. prayerwarriorpsychicnot March 13, 2015 at 7:59 am #

    Reblogged this on Tales of Unwise Paths.

  3. Jeanne Kolberg April 29, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    I love the poem you posted, but I think a couple of corrections are in order. The original poem as it was found on a cellar wall in Nazi Germany is only 6 lines long. What you have posted here are the words to a song called ‘Inscription of Hope’, written by Z Randall Stroupe and based on the original poem. Hope this helps. Also, it is my understanding that the poem was written by a Jewish person in hiding, but there was no concentration camp at Cologne. Thanks for listening! 😊

    • Becky Y Weidinger November 9, 2016 at 3:05 am #

      i’ve always been moved by this poem, only the first 6 lines as you described however are what I’d ever heard. how do you know where the poem came from, the cellar, etc.? I’d really like to know the actual history

    • Rosalind January 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

      Do you know what language it was in originally?

  4. eloise July 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    does anyone know where i could find a picture of the original writing on the wall?

  5. Timothy S. July 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm #

    Great post!

  6. Lisa December 3, 2016 at 1:07 am #

    There was a song with these lyrics sung by Walter Anderson Players/Singers in Mississippi. It was very beautiful and moving 😐

    • klarson102 April 16, 2017 at 2:23 am #

      Kim Andre Arnesen wrote one version. My favorite. Search on You Tube for Several performances. Stripe did another version.

  7. Rodrigo Ledezma January 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    Intresting stuff

  8. klarson102 April 16, 2017 at 2:16 am #

    This is so beautiful and inspiring. I have dealt with a chronic health condition for years and this has helped me to have hope.


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