The Survivor

August 3, 2016 at 7:56 pm 24 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 5 August 2016

Ted Strutz
Photo Credit: Ted Strutz

It was a restaurant that Greta’s family owned long before the Third Reich came into existence.

During the war, Major Klein, a Nazi officer, took a liking of her.

“I know you’re sheltering Jews,” he told her. “Be nice to me and I‘ll keep your secret.”

The first time she and Major Klein became intimate, Greta cried in anger and in shame.

When their Jewish friends made their escape to another country, Greta cut the Major’s throat while asleep and went into hiding.

Miraculously, the restaurant survived the Allied bombings. She looked forward to serving a new generation of customers.

NOTE: This story was inspired by Irene Gut Opdyke. Please read her life story here. It’s much better than what I can come up with.

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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mickwynn2013  |  August 3, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    I think you did a great job here. A story/life well worth remembering

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  August 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      mick:

      what a great compliment. thank you.

      Reply
  • 3. draliman  |  August 4, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Brave woman.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  August 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      draliman:

      she was one of a kind.

      Reply
  • 5. Sandra  |  August 4, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Interesting story.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  August 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      sandra:

      glad you found it interesting. 🙂

      Reply
  • 7. neilmacdon  |  August 4, 2016 at 1:40 am

    It’s always a challenge turning historical facts into a story. For me, this works

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    • 8. plaridel  |  August 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      neil:

      it’s very generous of you. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 9. rochellewisoff  |  August 4, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    No surprise. This is a story after my own heart.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 10. plaridel  |  August 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      rochelle:

      i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 11. rgayer55  |  August 5, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Our daughter’s name is Greta, so I loved it from the start. I also love historical fiction too. Excellent job.

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    • 12. plaridel  |  August 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

      russell:

      i didn’t know you have a daughter with the same name. what a coincidence.

      Reply
  • 13. gahlearner  |  August 5, 2016 at 7:04 am

    You did a great job with the story, and thank you for the link. Her story, and that of many others, must never be forgotten, especially in our times.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  August 6, 2016 at 8:58 am

      gahlearner:

      her story has touched me deeply.

      Reply
  • 15. lingeringvisions by Dawn  |  August 5, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I think it is cool that you are trying some historical fiction. I find that a challenge.
    Just a minor CC : “Be nice to me and I‘d keep your secret.”
    Should probably be: “Be nice to me and Ill keep your secret.”

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    • 16. plaridel  |  August 6, 2016 at 8:57 am

      dawn:

      thank you for the correction. fixed as we speak. 🙂

      Reply
  • 17. lifeconfusions  |  August 6, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Woah what a story !

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    • 18. plaridel  |  August 7, 2016 at 12:13 pm

      zee:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it.

      Reply
  • 19. Amy Reese  |  August 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Very moving story, Plaridel. I’m glad it has a hopeful ending. Great job with the historical fiction.

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    • 20. plaridel  |  August 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm

      amy:

      my first in historical fiction. glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. ahtdoucette  |  August 9, 2016 at 8:27 am

    A heart-rending story well written and gesturing toward hope. Fascinating woman. I will have to look at that link now.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  August 9, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      anne:

      i hope you do. 🙂

      Reply
  • 23. patriciaruthsusan  |  August 9, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Good writing, Plaridel. I followed the link. She was quite a woman. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • 24. plaridel  |  August 10, 2016 at 6:58 pm

      suzanne:

      she was one of a kind. 🙂

      Reply

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