Memories

Somehow, today’s Friday Fictioneers story got posted on my Bible Study page. I’ve reblogged it to its appropriate place, but decided to leave it there as well. We need to remember. We like to say, “Never Again!” But it could happen again. The hearts of mankind don’t change from one generation to the next.

Linda's Bible Study

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Shlomo, bent and frail, watched as busloads of tourists filed under the Arbeit Macht Frei gateway. Loaded with water bottles–which made Shlomo smile –and cameras, they gazed with intense curiosity, as if they expected to see ghosts. Most became very quiet.

There wasn’t even any birdsong, as if nature itself revered the spirits of those who had suffered there.

Shlomo, aided by a grandson on each side, walked away from the tourists toward the barracks that he knew best. Wordless, he and his grandsons stood and gazed into the interior.

Wordless, they walked away.

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38 thoughts on “Memories

    1. Thanks very much. I don’t usually have to cut out so many words, but I was over 200 on my first draft. Always surprises me how, once the fat is gone, the story still makes sense 🙂

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    1. When my son moved to Germany, he did eventually go to see Auschwitz. He says he’ll never go back, but he’s glad he did go that one time. He said no one talks, there are no nature sounds. Absolute silence.

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      1. Yes, I do know. It’s hard to understand the depths of evil that took place there, and that’s why I have not yet visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. I think I would just stand there and cry.

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  1. Dear Linda,

    There’s a part of me that’s glad they left some of the camps standing as a reminder. We have an Auschwitz exhibit going on this summer at Union Station in Kansas City. It’s pretty much sold out. A group from our congregation is going in August. I’ll take lots of tissues and notepad. Good story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  2. This was perfectly written, no pathos, words few and well chosen. This is bringing chills. We learn from an early age (at my time at least) in Germany: never again. And now we see all these new fascists, all over the place, all over the world. We cannot tolerate that.

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    1. Thanks so much. The thing I find intolerable–one of the things, anyway–is that those who are the most aggressive in calling names and accusing others of Fascism and Nazism are the most guilty of it.

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