WeWriWa—The fracas begins

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Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet immediately follows last week’s, as tensions ran high among a group of friends pushed to the breaking point after nine months of Nazi captivity. Four of them have kept their humanity and hope, while the other three are devolving into animals and turning on their old buddies.

Muselmann is the German word for a Muslim, but it was used in the camps to refer to a totally emaciated, zombie-like person.

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Boubínský Prales, the site of this scene, in more peaceful times. Copyright Chmee2

Several feet away, Gáspár spied a motionless Muselmann.  Without wasting a second, he leapt on the fresh corpse and began pulling off his clothes, shoes, and blanket.  Gáspár laughed maniacally when he found a partly-molded chunk of bread on a string around the dead man’s neck.

Adalbert’s sunken eyes blazed. “Hey, you have bread!  Give it to me now!”

Gáspár took a big bite, and in the next moment, both Adalbert and Ágoston leapt on him.  Several other prisoners joined in the fight, while many of the others cheered on their friends.

“Look what animals they’ve let themselves become,” Adrián said. “They never would’ve behaved so uncivilly nine months ago.”

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9 comments on “WeWriWa—The fracas begins

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I’m going to take a wild guess and say that these folk may be the ones who’ve been brutalized into barbarity.

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  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    It is so heartbreaking to see that behaviour, but after what they lived through, it’s no wonder. An eye-opening snippet.

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  3. P.T. Wyant says:

    For some reason my first thought was to make a connection to Lord of the Flies…

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  4. These glimpses into the past are so vivid and really bring home the reality of the situation. Thank you for the snippet.

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  5. Great descriptions–sad that this could happen.

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  6. How horrible, to be reduced so far. Man is really despicable for doing this to its own kind.

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  7. Humans, capable of such kindness, such generosity, such beauty… And such vile depravity. I don’t think any of can begin to imagine how we would be after nine months locked up by the Nazis.

    Heartbreaking snippet, Carrie-Anne. Well written.

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  8. People are often at their worst when they’re starving. It’s tough when you’re dying by inches, and your body is letting you know it.

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  9. Wow… That’s about all I can come with to say right now: Wow. That is…chilling. I have to agree with Paula, Lord of the Flies was a definite comparison in my head.

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