17 May 2019

Published May 15, 2019 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100

HOMMAGE À ALFRED NAKACHE

The guard tossed his dagger into a tank. “Bring this back to me in your teeth, like the Jew dog that you are.”

            Alfred jumped into the fetid water. Diving under, Auschwitz disappeared and he remembered the crowd cheering when he set the world record for the 200 meter breastroke.

            At night he’d lie in his flea-infested bunk and dream of Annie and Paule. Determination to reunite with his wife and daughter gave him the strength to survive the death march to Buchenwald.

            In 1948 Alfred Nakache returned to his passion and went on to become a French national champion.

Alfred Nakache will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019 during the Honoree Induction ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 18, 2019.  For more information about him CLICK HERE

 

104 comments on “17 May 2019

  • A great story based on history, Rochelle. What determination Alfred showed to overcome his misfortunes in the past to become a sports hero again and a teacher. His story is a true inspiration to others. Good writing as always. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Dear Dale,

      Hard to believe the trip is coming to an end as I write. It has been an unforgettable experience in more ways than one.

      As for Alfred…amazing indeed. Some thought he had too much of a muscular build to be a swimmer. No doubt that’s what gave him the stamina (coupled with his determination) to survive the horrors. 😀 Todah Rabbah.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • I had to follow the link to find out what happened to his wife and daughter. I wish I hadn’t. Amazing that he remained inspired enough to continue with his activities. Another horror of a dreadful time.

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  • That’s an amazing story, Rochelle. It would take a real spirit of survival to push through odds like that. I learn so much from your stories. I feel like you’ve set hundreds of small 100-word candles around the less illuminated areas for history for us to see. 🙂
    David

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  • This is so inspiring and such a great story of resilience… to be able to overcome such hardship and then continue is truly a great work.

    I was immediately reminded of the story of Yusra Mardini who is a Syrian swimmer that also saved the refugees on their way between Turkey and Greece and then continued to compete in the Olympics in Rio.

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  • Dear Bobbi Jo Barker W(T)F,
    I’m glad Alfred had the will and determination to survive. Nice historical piece.
    Perhaps when Connie and come to visit you can show us how you swim laps in the kiddie pool in the back yard. I promise to to toss in a Baby Ruth.

    (Don’t forget your floaties!)
    Arvel, the Human Submarine

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    • Dear Arvel,

      A Baby Ruth could be a drawing card. 😉 If I come swim in your kiddie pool you’ll have to get your rubber duckies out of it to make room.

      Thank you and shalom. (from back in the soggy Midwest…sigh)

      Bobbi Jo Barker W(T)F

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    • Dear Ted,

      Alas, if you click the link you’ll see that his wife and daughter did not survive. He did remarry, have children and rose from the ashes…or chlorine, if you will. Sorry about the late reply. Just back in the States. Thank you.

      Shalom,

      Rochelle

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  • Rochelle, I just read your story for this week. The photos bring it to life. My heart aches with sorrow about the imprisonment and separation from family. My heart is happy that he and his family got through the waking nightmare and he went on to thrive. The thought of Alfred Nakache’s induction into the hall of fame brings tears to my eyes. I can see his and his family’s faces in my mind.

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