Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8 sentences from a book or WIP. This week’s snippet comes right after last week’s, when 15-year-old Kálmán and his friends were forced to start digging graves for attempted escapees and prisoners who were shot while a fight was broken up.
18-year-old Gáspár laments how he couldn’t be one of the corpses going into a grave, while Kálmán can’t wait to turn the tables and dig the graves of their enemies.
“It’s how the Germans’ minds work,” Ágoston said. “They only kill us when we want to live. No matter how much we demonstrate having given up, even point-blank asking to be shot, we’re not allowed to die. It gives the Nazis more sadistic pleasure to keep us alive when we want to die.”
Kálmán’s shovel finally made a dent in the hard ground. “The Germans want us to give up. We can’t give them that foul satisfaction.”
“Do you have some fancy mumbo-jumbo to explain this now, Karfinkel?” Adalbert asked. “You’ve got to crack sometime.”