Sara’s Story #100WCGU


They were brutally pushed inside the dark room, like animals to the slaughter, their newly-shaved heads beginning to really feel the harsh chill of the Polish winter air.

“Hol vagyunk?”* whispered the frail Hungarian lady to herself, for she knew no-one else in the room with her.

She hadn’t seen her husband since their forced separation upon stepping off the train.  She had been asked her name, and just like every other woman in that place who bore the yellow star, she replied simply, “Sara.”

Moments later, their cries were heard. The cries of several hundred Saras.  The cries quickly faded to nothing.  Silence.


This post is part of the 100 Word Challenge for Grown-Ups at The Head’s Office.

Photo credit: eduruiz on Flickr

* “Where are we?”





12 Replies to “Sara’s Story #100WCGU”

  1. We were obviously on the same wavelength. Beautifully written, Simon. Real empathy.

  2. This is a very moving piece Simon. You have given your reader the sense of hopelessness and despair. The word ‘silence’ at the end is chilling.
    Thank you for joining this week’s 100WCGU

  3. I was just thinking that I might write a Holocaust post, but you have blown me away with the beauty and power of this piece. When horrific events happen I am always reminded of those chambers of horror which symbolize hate in such a powerful way. Thank you for sharing this piece.

  4. Well written and as Julia said the use of one word to finish; “silence” is haunting.

  5. It is odd how several seemed to have jumped to this image with this phrase. haunting and powerful piece….

  6. This piece evoked very haunting images for me, too.

  7. Powerful!. . . The piece stands without need for further comment from me. Well written . .

  8. Simon, loved reading this. Powerful image too. Well done!

  9. I love how you’ve caught the despair of this time. What a fantastic piece.

  10. Haunting and beautifully written

  11. Sad part of history in your well written story. It was the fate of so many.

  12. This is very powerful and sad. Well written, but sad. x

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