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The Search For Papa. (Part Three)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, September 23, 2011

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A Jewish child and his mother search for their missing family member in World War II, both hoping that they won't be captured by the Nazis.

G-d, please let us find Papa.  G-d, please let us find Papa!

That is the only thing I can think of: a prayer to G-d, to help us find Papa.  Mama and Freddy are frantic, and I am not far behind.

We have been walking many miles.  We have also been in hiding, hiding in secret places, hoping that the Nazis won't find us.  That may prove to be difficult to do because they are crawling everywhere.

We are closer to finding Papa; Mama says she can feel it in her bones, but I am scared that we will be discovered.  Then, when (and if) we are, we will be taken into custody and there's no telling what may happen to us down the road.

I keep trying to keep Freddy, my little brother, quiet, but not without much success.  Every time he sneezes, coughs, or clears his throat, I'm scared that they will hear us, the Nazis, and I'm scared that we will be treated most cruelly.

I have heard stories about how the Jews are treated.  The Jews are treated very badly, and I've also heard talk that people who are handicapped, homosexuals (whatever that means), and people who are "Gypsy" are treated just as badly as the Jews, if not even worse.

I don't know if the stories are true , but what I have heard is truly frightening.  It just makes me fear more for Papa and whether we will ever see him again ... alive.

The air is smelly.  It smells like fire and smoke hangs thick.  It is enough to make me nauseated.  I don't know what is going on, but I don't like it.  Why can't the Nazis just leave us alone and stop tormenting us day after day after day?  I'm afraid things are only going to get worse.

Much worse.

Like now.  I just felt a hand on my shoulder and the sensation of being lifted up off the ground.  I stare into the ugly, sneering face of a soldier.  A German soldier.  Worse, a Nazi.  I see that telltale Nazi swasticka on his uniform! That is the last thing I remember before he hit me with his heavy club and then, everything went black.

~To be continued.


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Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 9/24/2011
Here we are once again, Karen, a fictional ...Well, maybe a not so fictional story with characters that you breath life into.
Your friend from Southern California; Mark
Reviewed by Paul Berube 9/23/2011
Very nicely done, Karen.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 9/23/2011
Wow Karen this had me gripped from begining to end, cant wait to read more!!! Well done!!! You expressed the feelings of this child and the fears very well!!!!
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 9/23/2011
Wow this really held my attention . Sadly its a big part of life that many went through in WW11....M
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/23/2011
Taught writing makes this believable ... well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(


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