WeWriWa— “I don’t need my watch either”


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 comes right after last week’s, when one of the U.S. Third Army soldiers arriving at Buchenwald after the prisoners liberated themselves gave 14-year-old Móric Heyman a very nice chronograph watch.

Zaki is Móric’s oldest brother Zakariás. In September 1944, he and Móric’s other older brother Viktor were chosen to go on transport as mechanics. Zakariás entrusted their friends with the care of his little brother, and said he’d never be able to face his mother in the other world if her youngest remaining child were murdered.


“Thank you very much.” Móric took the watch and extended it to Kálmán. “You deserve this more than I do, since if not for you, there’d be no me.  I wish I could give it to Zaki, but he might not be coming back.”

“You must keep it,” Kálmán insisted. “I’d never take your presents away from you.”

The freckled soldier removed his own chronograph watch, which had a platinum face and brown leather band. “You can have mine.  I don’t need my watch either.  It can’t give you back all you must’ve lost, but it’ll probably make you feel a little happier.”


11 comments on “WeWriWa— “I don’t need my watch either”

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    A ray of sunshine after the horrors of the camp!


  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Powerful! Yes, nothing can ever give them back all they have lost.


  3. I like how quick they are to pass on their gifts. A sign of their gratitude.


  4. Another nice moment in this terrible time period. Excellent excerpt.


  5. SueBarr says:

    She’s obviously touched their lives in the fact they would part with things they hold dear.


  6. nancygideon says:

    What selfless generosity! Great scene, Carrie Anne.


  7. They have just a little to give to these boys who suffered so much, but they’re happy to do it. A ray of hope in the darkness.


  8. Aww, this was such a heart-warmer, thank you!


  9. Diane Burton says:

    Such a touching scene. After all those kids had been through, how wonderful for them to experience real kindness. Good job.

    I forgot to sign up, but I still posted my snippet. http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/


  10. Hywela Lyn says:

    What a touching and poignant scene, thanks for sharing.


  11. I think everyone has said it already but that was a great way to end this segment.
    joy @ The Joyous Living


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