A woman looks back on her family's history as Holocaust refugees, and her family's use of German at home:
"'Fräulein Raeff,' she turned to me. I stood up. 'Can you give another example of a taboo?' I suppose again that she was trying to go easy on me, but, because I was slightly annoyed that she didn’t think I could handle a more difficult question and because my response was accurate, I replied, 'An example of a taboo in Austria would be talking about the Holocaust.'
"Hearing this answer, she did not smile and say, 'Richtig.' She did not write my name down in her book. She did not tell me that I needed to go back to my notes or to study harder. She simply sat down and was silent."
PUBLISHED: Dec. 17, 2012
LENGTH: 25 minutes (6382 words)
[Fiction] Pepa's not afraid of anything:
"For two weeks, her parents were gone, and during this time Pepa took care of her brother as she did when they were not in the jungle. She prepared meals. She went to the market and mopped the floors and fed the chickens, of course. She made sure that Kurt took a bath every day and helped him with his lessons. When her parents returned from the jungle, their clothes caked in red mud, their breaths smelling of hunger, Pepa washed their clothes, stomping and rinsing them over and over again, the water flowing red like blood. Then she made them a twelve-egg omelet, for the protein, and fed them mounds of rice and fried bananas. After the meal, which they ate dutifully and in silence, they slept for twenty-four hours straight. "
PUBLISHED: Feb. 2, 2012
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2401 words)