March 23, 2018
This week’s prompt is provided by BJÖRN RUDBERG
His father was slowing down. He will be killed if he couldn’t keep up. They’ve been running for hours without a stop, from Auschwitz. He couldn’t imagine how his father was coping, but he knew that if they don’t stop, his father won’t survive.
Then, he saw it. On the small hill through which they were passing lay a sign on the side saying ‘Stop’. SS officers, not knowing what to do, stopped everyone. He immediately caught his father and sat him by the roadside.
Everyday, he found something to be grateful for.
Today, it was this road sign.
I apologise if it seemed a little off track. I was just reading ‘Night’ by Elie Weisel and wanted to address something of that sort. The Night is a real account of Weisel’s life in concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald during the latter half of The Second World War. There was this chapter which was frightening. It describes how, when the German soldiers got to know that the Red Army is approaching Auschwitz, ordered all the prisoners to run non-stop for around 20 kilometres towards Buchenwald. Those who were weak and could not keep up were killed. Weisel saw people leaving their loved ones behind to save themselves but he never left his father’s side. He was there until the end.
Amazing book this is, Night by Elie Weisel. The version which was edited by his wife Marion also contained his speech which he gave while accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, which will steal your heart.