Pegman did not get enough of this lovely region of Europe, so this week Pegman heads a little further west to the Douro Valley of Portugal.
This week’s suggestion comes from the talented Lish over at Up From the Ashes. Be sure head over to her blog and enjoy not just this week’s story, but her excellent poetry and other entertaining stories.
Your mission on Pegman, as always, is to write up to 150 words inspired by the prompt. Feel free to use the image supplied above, or visit the Douro Valley yourself via Google maps and find your own street view or photo sphere for inspiration. Or better yet, visit it in person, and take the rest of us Peg-people with you!
Once your story/essay/poem is finished, share it with others using the link up below. Reading and commenting on others’ work is part of the fun!
It has been a busy week and I really didn’t think I’d post a story this time. Once more, the Google trail and my muse conspired against my plans. And just when I think I’ve sussed out all “those stories,” another comes to light.
Many thanks to Karen and Josh for keeping this challenge afloat.
Synagogue in Douro…yep, I found one.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 150
FLIGHT THROUGH HELL
“Mue amigo, my position in the Portuguese consulate gives me the power to grant you and your wife and children visas,” said Aristides de Sousa Mendes, “and safety from the German Madman.”
Rabbi Chaim Kruger twined the end of his beard around his index finger. “Can you do the same for my brothers and sisters stranded here on the streets of Bordeaux?”
Tortured by his inability to grant his friend’s request and other personal issues, Sousa Mendes suffered a breakdown. Following a rapid recovery, he threw off the bedclothes and proclaimed, “From now on I’m giving everyone visas.”
When faced with charges of “disobeying during higher service” by the Portuguese government in 1940 he responded. “I could not differentiate between nationalities as I was obeying the dictates of humanity.”
In 1966, Sousa Mendes became the first diplomat to be recognized by Israel as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.
Rabbi Chaim Kruger with Sousa Mendes
One of the visas issued by Sousa Mendes
Jewish Refugees in Belgium
Simplified version of the medal given for the Righteous Among the Nations