By Larry Stillman
When Moniek (Morris) Goldner and his relatives 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 along with his father, who had additionally escaped, and jointly they controlled to outlive till a former pal betrayed the pair. Wounded and left for useless underneath his father’s murdered physique, Goldner used to be rescued via the enigmatic outlaw Jan Kopec, who used to be additionally in hiding, trying to find 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, usually staying in hideouts he had formed years prior. before everything Kopec knowledgeable Goldner just to function his associate 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 companies to a shadowy resistance crew which used to be changing into drawn 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 striking friendship and co-dependency born of want and desperation in a hellish time and place.
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What are your feelings toward Germany? came the next question. I have no idea, I answered, for indeed I did not. What were you doing in the wagon? Where were you going? Why were you throwing rocks? It went on this way well into the evening, when to my surprise in walked Mama. She had been summoned by the Gestapo, interrogated separately, then finally allowed to take me home. Maybe the Germans had stomached enough of us country peasants. “If you’re brought in here again,” said the big officer with the face 24 Into the Forest like a fresh-dug potato, “the next time, you won’t leave.
By our third night together the Gypsy declared me to be as profi38 Kopec cient with my hands as I was—theoretically—with a weapon. Kopec was away that night, either meeting or robbing someone (or both, for the night was long). ” The young man seemed surprised by my direct question. He gave me a piercing look. ” I had heard a little about the ragtag freedom fighters, gleaned that groups were being organized in the ghettos and in the forests. Still, I had no knowledge of the differing politics behind the major groups or of the growing animosity between them.
The room smelled of sweat, of fear. Who had been here before me? I wondered. Two guards were stationed outside the door. I remained alone, terrified and in tears, for what seemed like hours but was probably not more than twenty minutes. Then two Gestapo men walked in, their uniforms black as death. They each carried a chair that they set down directly in front of me. They sat backwards, their hands resting on the top edge of the chair backs, and they glared at me as if I were some kind of insect.
A Match Made in Hell : The Jewish Boy and the Polish Outlaw Who Defied the Nazis by Larry Stillman