En Route From A to B

En Route From A to B


On average, the entire journey

would maybe take

the best part of four whole days

Yes, it was a long way indeed

From Amsterdam to

Bergen-Belsen back in the day

And get this, there was never

more than standing room in any

case, and then ..

Only if you were very, very lucky

No toilet stops,

no buffet car or restaurants ..

Just a bucket for each cattle truck

if you were lucky ..

One way tickets only, no voids ..

Returns and certainly no refunds

were allowed

Not a single bloody one ..

Yet strange as it may now seem

whole families might often be

accommodated thus, regardless ..

Though, the bastards as was, 

could not cope and so lost 

countless wretched souls in that way ..

While exact numbers may yet vary

it is now known almost a million

innocents passed en-route from A to B ..








  • Neil Higgins

    Nightmare beyond demonic Neville.
    8,000,000 passengers, 4 Pfennig per track kilometer, times 600 km (average voyage length), equaled 240 million Reichsmarks,paid to the Central Reich bank,in Berlin.

    • Neville

      ... and unlike folk .. math dont lie do it .... thanks Neil

    • Laura🌻


      The unspeakable atrocities committed against the helpless who never desired such a trip from A to B. Unfortunately,
      ‘almost a million innocents passed en-route from A to B’.

      I became aware of these despicable facts when I read “The Diary of Anne Frank”.


      • Neville

        .. she was in the back of my mind throughout my friend .. many thank you's Laura 🌻

      • Fay Slimm.

        Every line in your exposure of such evil makes that route from A. to B etched indelibly on hearts and minds of all generations - - may that four day hellish journey never ever be relegated to history. A read to remember with bowed heads Nev.

        • Neville

          Thank you Fay .. a sombre read but something certainly compelled me to pick up my pen and jot down a few notes .................... take care n stay safe : )

        • Teddy.15

          I can only say what a magnificent poet to write such words, I have visited a museum in the city of Prague to see real things from real people, who lost their lives. It was one of the saddest days of my life to see it.

          • Neville

            you really are far too generous Teddy.15 .. however, let it be known that I am not opposed to the occasional pat on the back ... and I do know where you are coming from .. I'm pretty sure I have been to that same place in Prague ........................................... Neville

          • Jerry Reynolds

            A necessary write, Neville.
            My mind still has a hard time getting around the scale of it all.
            Your poem helps.

            • Neville

              you aint the only one JR .. me too .. but am gonna thank you on behalf of every single one of them ..


            • Doggerel Dave

              Forced to abandon this topic for a long time. Immediately after the war, it was informational overload - because not only British prisoner of war escape stories, which I read avidly and enjoyed (to the victor goes the spoils – and the propaganda) but accounts and news reels (covering the opening of the camps) were in abundance also. Nightmares as a kid.

              Latterly, not so long ago, a fortnight spent in Berlin for the art galleries and modern architecture forced me to do the rounds covering this once more. And once more wished I had not.

              In this context, I have to tell you Nev your writing is too good and bought this up too vividly for me.

              Not a criticism – others may need to wake up.

              • Neville

                I certainly understand where you are coming from DD .. and under the circumstances, appreciate your comment maybe even more .. N

                • Doggerel Dave

                  And let's not forget that there were more routes than A - B. All up Six million made similar trips to similar destinations...

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                • Goldfinch60

                  That route from A to B was an absolute nightmare for those who travelled it and lost their live in doing so.
                  Even today it is said that no birds sing at Belsen.


                  • Neville

                    ... absolutely .. I have visited Auschwitz myself and it is true, no birds sing there either .. thank you for todays visit .. I appreciate it is not everyone's cup of tea ... N

                  • orchidee

                    A fine write Neville.
                    The time for the wicked's judgement will come - as in my recent poem.
                    If it was not so serious - meanwhile - me trip to the Co-op and back is bad enough. Doh! Why am I complaining, when there's this that happened?

                    • Neville

                      Thank you Mr. O .. I do like to think so ..

                      • orchidee

                        It has to be so really, or else they get away with it...

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