Four Million Jews waiting for death
Oh hang and burn but — quiet, Jews!
Don’t be bothersome; save your breath —
The world is busy with other news.
Four million murders are quite a smear
Even our State Department views
The slaughter with much disfavor here
But then - it’s busy with other news.
You’ll hang like a forest of broken trees
You’ll burn in a thousand Nazi stews
And tell your G-d to forgive us please
For we were busy with other news.
Tell Him we hadn’t quite the time
To stop the killing of all the Jews;
Tell Him we looked askance at the crime —
But we were busy with other news.
Oh World be patient — it will take
Some time before the murder crews
Are done. By Christmas you can make
Your Peace on Earth without the Jews.
By Ben Hecht
The New York Times, Tuesday September 14, 1943
Wow. Incredibly powerful.