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WeWriWa—The fracas begins


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.


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.”


I started reading at three (my first book was Grimm's Fairy Tales, the uncensored adult version), started writing at four, started writing book-length things at eleven, and have been a writer ever since. I predominantly write historical fiction family sagas/series. I primarily write about young people, since I was a young person myself when I became a serious writer and didn't know how to write about adults as main characters. I only write in a contemporary setting if the books naturally go into the modern era over the course of the decades-long stories being told over many books. I've always been drawn to books, films, music, fashions, et al, from bygone eras, and have never really been too much into modern things. If something or someone has appeal for all time, it'll still be there to be discovered after the initial to-do has died down. For example, my second-favorite writer enjoyed a huge burst of popularity in the Sixties and Seventies, but he wrote his books from 1904-43, and his books still resonate today, even after he's no longer such a fad. Quality lasts for all time.

9 thoughts on “WeWriWa—The fracas begins

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


  2. 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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