WeWriWa—Giving up isn’t an option

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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.

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“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.”

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

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    It sounds like they understand their captors pretty well.

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

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  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.

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  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

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

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  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.

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  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.

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

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

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  9. P.T. Wyant says:

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

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

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

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