The Good German

For the people of Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo, Libya, Syria, etc.

When I was a child
In the second decade after World War II
They showed us films of the bodies
White, naked, with ribs like bars on a sewer grate
The bodies tumbled one over the other
Landing in enormous pits in the ground
Stacking up like kindling wood

I told myself if I’d been there
I’d have tried to stop it
I’d have become a traitor
I’d have helped the enemy
To attack us, bomb us
Do whatever it took to stop us
Even if it meant prison
Torture
Death
I would not have been
A Good German

But that was long ago
When I was a child

Roger Stoll is a Latin America/Caribbean solidarity activist with the Task Force on the Americas, a three-decades-old anti-imperialist human rights organization. He has published articles, book reviews and political poetry in Dissident Voice, Resumen Latinoamericano, MintPress News, Black Agenda Report, Popular Resistance, Orinoco Tribune, Marxism-Leninism Today, Counterpunch, San Francisco Examiner, ZNet, Jewschool, and New Verse News. Read other articles by Roger.