By Larry Stillman
When Moniek (Morris) Goldner and his kin have been uprooted from their Polish farming village in the course of a German motion, the child-sized sixteen-year-old fled into the forests. He ultimately met up together with his father, who had additionally escaped, and jointly they controlled to outlive until eventually a former pal betrayed the pair. Wounded and left for useless underneath his father’s murdered physique, Goldner used to be rescued through the enigmatic outlaw Jan Kopec, who used to be additionally in hiding, searching for how one can cash in on his legal expertise.
For eighteen months Kopec concealed the boy with him, relocating from one zone to a different, frequently staying in hideouts he had shaped years past. at the beginning Kopec educated Goldner just to function his companion in robberies and black marketplace actions. yet sooner than lengthy he driven the learning to a complete new point, making it attainable for him to promote Goldner’s providers to a shadowy resistance team which was once turning into attracted to the bold younger saboteur.
And via all of it, those disparate personalities—the quiet, small-framed boy and the stocky, callous mercenary—forged an awesome friendship and co-dependency born of desire and desperation in a hellish time and place.
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We had no need for all our animals any longer, so Mama sold our horse and one of our two cows to someone at the priest’s farm adjoining the Strasze˛cin church. ” Between our small field and the ample field owned by our neighbor Reguła—he was always willing to share—we knew there would be wheat and potatoes, at least. My grandparents in Wola offered to help us as much as they could, and so did Uncle Isak. His butcher shop was still in business, because Mokre—as small a community as Strasze˛cin—was also being ignored by the Germans.
For the next several nights the mysterious young man met me in the same place, training me in judo, hand-to-hand combat, and selfdefense. I learned how applying pressure at the right points could bring a man down. I learned the art of the garrote and—should nothing be available but my bare hands—how to snap an enemy’s neck before he had the chance to cry out. To be honest, I was rather surprised by how readily I embraced this training. Are you prepared to end another person’s life with your bare hands?
I did not catch every word but nodded my head anyway. It seemed like the right thing to do. And then, in a strange twist of irony, Mama and I were returned home as if we were visiting dignitaries, riding in a finely polished SS car, which made the trip to Strasze˛cin in just under fifteen minutes. It was shortly before midnight when we walked in the door. The sound of the German car speeding off gave way to blessed silence. “What a nightmare,” Mama said to Gita, who had been waiting anxiously at home.