WeWriWa—Giving up isn’t an option


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.”


11 comments on “WeWriWa—Giving up isn’t an option

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    It sounds like they understand their captors pretty well.


  2. These views you give us into the tragic past are very important. Thank you.


  3. Jenna Jaxon says:

    I think they’re right about only killing them if they don’t want to die. Psychological torture as well as physical.


  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Better to understand their captors to have a chance to survive. Though many didn’t. Great snippet!


  5. Siren X Star says:

    Such an interesting snippet. And I agree with their thoughts on how the Nazis keep alive the ones that want to die.


  6. Diane Burton says:

    That picture displays the fears and despair of the characters. Understanding the enemy is a 2-edge sword. Sometimes it only adds to the despair. Great snippet.


  7. He’s got the Nazis down to the letter. Unfortunately. :S Great snippet!


  8. Such a terrible time and horrible people. I only hope we have learned from it. Some days I wonder…


  9. P.T. Wyant says:

    Ouch. Quite a bit of snark in that last line.


  10. Yeah, don’t give them the satisfaction. Great dialogue.


  11. An insightful look into the past here. Great snippet.


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