2 October 2020

Published September 30, 2020 by rochellewisoff

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A reminder that the Holocaust did happen. Dare we forget? This is a shortened version of a story I posted almost 4 years ago for What Pegman Saw. (Thank you, Josh and Karen). I feel it’s one that bears repeating.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


Bedtime was Eva’s chance to escape. Tonight, she flew close to the dazzling sun. Below water cavorted over glittering shells. A mermaid with gleaming fins sat on a crystal throne in the midst of the waves. Her eyes glowed like candles, beckoning Eva. Sea spray veiled her shining violet hair that cascaded over her shoulders like a silken cape.

She sang an enticing melody. “Eva, sweet Eva, come swim with me.”


“Eva, wake up!”

Shira grasped her sister’s narrow shoulders. Grey light through the barrack’s filthy window illuminated Eva’s skeletal face and serene smile.

Weeping, Shira whispered, “Arbeit macht frei.”


86 comments on “2 October 2020

  • Every time I see a photo of that hateful slogan, I think of John 8:32.”Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free.” The Nazis twisted that scripture in such a despicable way!

    Anyway. Your story takes an ugly and awful reality into a beautiful and yearned for release. I love it.

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  • Rochelle, your story made me shudder. Only last night, I was watching a documentary about Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsy who were sent to a concentration camp for hiding Jewish people in Amsterdam. Her sisters died in Ravensbruck I think it was. It is hard to conceive how such evil spread and murdered so many people and it’s critical to remember the Holocaust and humanity’s worst moments to ensure they don’t repeat.
    Best wishes,

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    • Dear Rowena,

      I remember reading The Hiding Place and another book Miss Ten Boom wrote called In My Father’s House. She had amazing story. Also she has a tree at Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) in Jerusalem. The trees were planted in honor of Righteous Gentiles. In 2006 when I was there, hers was a very young tree. The one originally planted for her died when she did.
      That being said, it is hard to believe that humans can be so cruel.
      Thank you for the loan of the photo.



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      • Thanks for filling me in, Rochelle. I’ve never been to Jerusalem and it’s good to know about those trees. I just try and do my bit. With my kids as teenagers, my focus is heading that direction and getting our son and his friends through the last year of school next year. It’s a year where anything can happen and I’m trying to make myself available like my parents did for me.
        I agree with what you say about humans being so cruel to each other and and it literally makes me feel sick. I don’t know how it happens. However, it’s very important that such actions aren’t buried by history or that people decided they don’t want to know because it’s too difficult to deal with.


  • Dear Rochelle,
    How this touched my heart! Thank you for giving voice to those whose voices have been silenced by horrific brutality. May we never forget. I wonder if “Work Sets You Free” is written over Chinese concentration camps. That we have tech giants, academics, politicians, CEO’s and media/sports moguls who bend over backwards to appease and accommodate the Chinese Communist Party makes my blood run cold. If it happened in ancient “enlightened” Alexandria, in “modern” 20th c. Europe, if it’s happening even now in China, it can happen here and now.

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  • We should never forget… and it feels strange that it can even be denied, but it seems to be more and more acceptable.
    A friend of mine came to Sweden as a child from Poland when Jews were persecuted during the sixties, I didn’t know that but now she has written a book capturing this story. Capturing the stories those who came at the same time was very much needed as she has very few memories herself.

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  • Rochelle, I just went to wiki to get more info on the sign. A horrific reality that it is hard to fathom. The depths of the depravity in every respect 😦 That poor little girl. My uncle and my father both fought against the Nazis in WWII. If they were to see what’s going on in America right now they would turn over in their graves.

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    I confess having to look up the translation before realizing that I already knew it. That led to a time reading about its meaning and interpretations, as did other readers.

    This is why I take sides. This is one example of why I’ll never accept pacifism nor the appeasement of what I believe to be the face of humanity’s evil side.

    Much Peace,


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  • Beautiful story, Rochelle. I’m not sure what’s up with FB, but I’m not there anymore. won’t let me into my page… even the new one. Lately my experience with FB has been too too paralleled to this.

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  • Heartbreaking. No child… No person should ever suffer through such injustice and cruelty. I’m glad she escapes the horror of her existence. That poor child left to face the ghastly conditions alone though. My heartbreaks.

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