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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word count: 98
THE SINS OF THE FATHER
When I was young, my mother deflected my questions about her time in Auschwitz.
“What’s past is past. Be happy.”
“Are you happy, Mom?”
I hounded her until she told me more than I was prepared to hear. For years her pain and bitterness clenched my heart.
“Promise me, Rivka,” she whispered from her deathbed.
In the stillness of dawn I scatter her ashes in the Sola River near the camp. As they swirl and sink beneath the water to join those of the beloved grandparents I never met, I feel her fingers release my heart.