Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright-Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

We hid in a convent under beds.  The thing I remember most is the shivering cold fear forcing me to cry out.  I remember feeling the ground vibrating before I heard the loud stomping of boots, step by approaching step. My arms, legs went numb.  I can still see my mother’s eyes, wide, looking at father under the bed across us, and him cupping my brothers’ mouths. Feet appeared in the aisle. I remember scraping on the floor, Adam screaming and never a sound from father or David.  And that was that. I never saw them again.

Click on Friday Fictionerees to see more links to this week’s photo prompt.

I saw this picture in the afternoon.  It is now late evening and up till an hour ago I was still sure I wasn’t going to participate this week! Nothing came to me.  But then it finally did and I hope you like it.

45 comments on “1944

  1. Dear Sandra,
    Although fiction this may be, there are all too many true stories like this. Well done.

    • Sandra says:

      Thank you Rochelle. After posting this story, a dozen more came to me; it was too late of course but your photo proved to be a true inspiration.

  2. gailkav says:

    Yes, very sad and all too true. Well done, it will linger in the mind.

  3. I agree with Rochelle… Your fiction was the reality for too many. Nicely written.

    • Sandra says:

      In fact it was almost easy to come up with a story like this one when you have grown up hearing all kinds of horrific experiences from people who had the mistfortune to live in those times. Thanks for reading.

  4. Very true, very sad and in very few words. Nice job.

  5. muZer says:

    This gave me goose bumps. Powerful story and like Rochelle said could be true for so many!

  6. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Sandra,

    Our lives turn on tiny jeweled bearings and we never know from one moment to the next which will be our last hug or kiss or word from a loved one. Very sad story well told.



  7. Abraham says:

    Your descriptions are very good – the wide eyes, the cupped mouths, the boots, the silent victims.

  8. Sandra says:

    A reality for many people, beautifully re-created.

  9. tedstrutz says:

    Super Scary Scribble, Sandra! I was engrossed.

  10. Reminded me of “The Sound of Music” where they were hiding at the convent. Fortunately, the Von Trapps didn’t get caught. But so many did. Well-written!


    • Sandra says:

      The main inspirations were in fact “The Sound of Music” and Anne Frank’s story so you were on the ball there. Thank you for readiding I am glad you liked it.

  11. jenniesisler says:

    So sad…and yet so true. Well done!

  12. Debra Kristi says:

    Wow. This piece brings up so many emotions and immediately made me think of the shoe exhibit at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. That’s one place that really drives the reality of our history home.

  13. rgayer55 says:

    Powerful story, Sandra. I could feel the floor vibrate and was holding my breath.

  14. well done, and so powerful.

  15. Hi Sandra,
    Very dramatic and scary story, and, unfortuanately, historically accurate. Ron

  16. JackieP says:

    Great story~

  17. Very well written, and loosely I had some similar ideas in my story. Deep sadness of course,

    • Sandra says:

      Thank you. I’ve read yours and it brought a tear, it’s very touching, depressing and shocking at the same time; just as a story should be.

  18. YJ says:

    Great details. I was under the bed with them hiding.

  19. Tom Poet says:

    And that was that….a no nonsense straight forward recall of a horrific event. Spot on!

  20. Reminds me of a terrifying story (true, I assume) that I heard once from someone who was a three-year-old in eastern Europe back then. Very vivid and chilling.

  21. rich says:

    i know that good stories are not always good events in life. in a way, i fault father for staying silent while she was taken away. then again, he might have known the inevitable and at least though he could save david. still, even with the inevitable, i wouldn’t want to see her taken alone. ugh. well done.

    • Sandra says:

      She wasn’t taken. The soldiers only took the boys. Father and David stayed quiet so that Mother and daughter could remain undiscovered.

      Man, I should really practice harder to really say all I want in such few words! 😐

      • rich says:

        when she said she never saw them again, i thought it was because she was taken. sorry.

      • Sandra says:

        It’s okay; It would be clear in your head but then once written and some days pass and you read it again, you realise that it wasn’t that clear after all. But it’s good practice so it’s good that you pointed it out 🙂

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