The Forest

Beyond my windows is a forest, much like the one my family and I escaped to in 1942.  We escaped from the ghetto in the small town of Zhetel before it was liquidated and all of the remaining Jews, except for a few, were murdered. 

My family and other families set up camps in the forest.  The summers were beautiful and warm but the winters were cold and brutal.  It was a daily struggle to survive but we did. During the two years we were in the forest, Simon, the butcher’s son and I fell in love. We later got married.

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This story was inspired by the true story of the 25,000 Jews who escaped the ghettos and hid in Eastern European forests. The members of one family that survived years in the woods tell their story in Rebecca Frankel’s new book, “Into the Forest.” If you’re interested, you can read more about it here.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. You can find this week’s prompt here. To read other stories or to participate, click here.

15 thoughts on “The Forest

    • I read the Diary of Anne Frank and watched the movie. I’m so thankful her father found it and it was published. You’re right, life in the forests was probably very challenging for the families.


    • Dear Rochelle,

      I can well imagine that this story would have quite an impact on you. I watched the movie you mentioned. Daniel Craig was one of the stars. It’s empowering when the people fight back.

      I get very angry whenever I watch World War II movies. The Nazis were evil personified and they acted like they were gods. I watched a movie called, “Walking With the Enemy” with Ben Kingsley. I was grateful that they showed at the end of the movie what became of the different people, including Adolf Eichmann. In the end, justice was served.

      Thanks 🙂 I had to write something for Remembrance Day. Lest we forget…


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