Assitan Ndiaye , Arabia mountain Summer assignments
This is a scene from Night by Elie Wiesel , This scene is the narrator being brutally beaten by the superior bringing him to the mercy of a french girl surprisingly speaking perfect German . Many years later they ran into each other in a metro , They ended in cafe talking and reminiscing .
One day during work, when Idek was venting fury, I happened to cross his path. He threw himself on me like a wild beast, beating me in the chest, on my head, crushing me with every blow until I was covered in my own blood . when he calmed down I crawled into a corner. A french girl gave me a crust of bread.she spoke in perfect German
"Bite your lips, little brother...Don't cry. Keep your anger, your hate, for another day. The day will come but not now ..Wait Clench your teeth and wait"
Many years later, in Paris , I sat in the Metro . Across the aisle, a beautiful woman with dark hair and dreamy eyes entered . I had seen those eyes before.
I don't know you sir yes but.... yes....Wait I do recognize you
Madame , don't you recognize me In 1944 you were in Poland, Buna weren't you ? you worked in a warehouse for electrical parts...
We left the Metro together and sat down at a cafe. We spent the whole evening reminiscing, Before leaving I said.
I know, Am I Jewish? .....Yes , I am. I am From an observant family. I had false papers .When they deported me , I eluded being sent to a camp . No one knew I spoke German it would cause suspicion. it was imprudent for me to speak to you, but I trusted you.
May I ask one more question ?
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