Published January 22, 2017 by rochellewisoff

This week Pegman has gone to Moscow. Many thanks to K Lawson for graciously hosting. To choose your own photo click here. Write your own flash fiction of 150 words or less. Click the blue frog to add your own link.

Here’s the photo I chose:


Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 150


           “I adored the stage,” said Bubbe Gittel of her time in the Moscow State Jewish Theater. “I had a crush on the director, Shlomo Mikhoels. What a performer he was!”  

            I switched off the TV. My grandmother’s stories beat summer reruns. Even in her 80’s she could still recite Shakespeare—in Yiddish.

            “During the war Mr. Stalin kept us safe from Hitler and made Shlomo the head of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. The show would always go on. So I thought.”

            Bubbe’s smile faded. “The war ended and with it, Stalin’s favor.”

            “What happened, Bubbe?”

            “They called it an accident, but I saw it with my own eyes. A KGB monster shoved Shlomo in the path of a speeding truck. Other members of the committee were arrested for treason—poets and writers they were. Four years later, they were executed. Their real crime? We know what that was, don’t we?”



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29 comments on “POETIC INJUSTICE

      • I am currently taking a History class and the focus is political assassinations. Mostly we are discussing Presidents of course, but others have come up in conversations. The question today was: Are there times when a political assassinations are justified? Interesting question.,, yes? There were a variety of answers but we all agreed that there are certainly times when it is warranted and other times it isn’t… Hitler’s name came up over and over of course. I was only a few months old when JFK was killed and too young to remember MLK or Bobby. But other historical situations will stand out like John Lennon and 911.

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    • Dear Dale,

      When Esther whispers in my ear I must write, right? Of course right! Guess you could call it my weekly rite. Seriously, it’s that drive within that forces me to tell these stories. We must never forget and we must remember that Hitler, as horrible as he was, was not in a class by himself.

      Thank you, my friend, for such a magnificent comment.



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  • Youre so right with your comment above, Rochelle – Hitler was not the only monster of the twentieth century and Stalin murdered so many more of his own people even than Hitler. Poor Shlomo – but then, artists tend to be free thinkers and tyrants are threatened by those can can think for themselves. A sad and scary tale, though Bubbe is a sparkling light – love her voice.

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    • Dear Lynn,

      Up until yesterday, this was a piece of history I knew nothing about. Stalin was accepting of the Jews as long as it benefited his agenda. I’ve heard that he had his own ‘solution’ to the ‘Jewish question,’ that died with him in 1953.

      Enough of my ramblings…thank you for your lovely comment.



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    • Dear Cuzzin Notnek

      I’ll never say never. It’s not a bad idea. Actually, I think most of Bradbury’s ‘novels’ were short stories on a single tether, save Fahrenheit 451. The Illustrated Man comes to mind as well. We’ll see where my muse, Esther, takes me this year.


      Cuzzin Shelley


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