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Paper Hearts

Chapter 1

Zlatka

Prużany Ghetto
Through the village

once loved.

Eyes lowered

not shamed

footsteps steady

not faster

or slower

than before.

Ignored jeers.

Ignored curses,

Brudny Żyd!

Dirty Jew!

The clump of mud

thrown by Oleg Broz

who’d gone to the same school as me

whose father worked at the same bank as me.

I never

covered the accursed yellow armband.

But I never

looked my tormentors in the eye.

I knew better

than to glare at an angry bull.

My throat grew thick

with swallowed tears

as I passed

the school

forbidden,

the synagogue

empty,

friends’ homes

vacant.

Clenched fists

hid in my pockets

as I passed

the German guards.

My village

had become

a nightmare

a ghetto.

A monster that held Jews

in its barbed-wire belly.

Let out only

to work

for slave wages,

or in death

exhaustion

disease

starvation.

I hurried home

looking past the barbed wire

to the horizon

the sunset

still beautiful.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Jewish children in the Holocaust -- Juvenile fiction.
Holocaust survivors -- Juvenile fiction.
Concentration camp inmates -- Juvenile fiction.
Concentration camp inmates. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00872923
Holocaust survivors. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00958838
Jewish children in the Holocaust. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00982706