By Larry Stillman
When Moniek (Morris) Goldner and his kinfolk 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 together with his father, who had additionally escaped, and jointly they controlled to outlive till a former buddy betrayed the pair. Wounded and left for useless underneath his father’s murdered physique, Goldner was once rescued by means of the enigmatic outlaw Jan Kopec, who used to be additionally in hiding, trying to find how you can make the most of his felony expertise.
For eighteen months Kopec concealed the boy with him, relocating from one sector to a different, usually staying in hideouts he had formed years previous. initially Kopec expert Goldner just to function his associate in robberies and black industry actions. yet earlier than lengthy he driven the learning to an entire new point, making it attainable for him to promote Goldner’s providers to a shadowy resistance crew which was once turning 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 impressive friendship and co-dependency born of want and desperation in a hellish time and place.
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My small rock had found the car’s wind23 Into the Forest shield, pitting it near the driver’s side and sending a series of fine cracks in all directions from the epicenter. The car screeched to a stop. Its two passengers ran toward the wagon, screaming, “Halt! ” to the puzzled driver. I was stunned as they headed for me. I sat frozen on the back of the wagon. Their tall, leather boots and spotless green uniforms came closer. On their uniforms was an unmistakable skull and dagger insignia. SS. The Germans grabbed me roughly and pulled me off the cart.
And for the first time since I joined him, Kopec grinned broadly. ” I nodded. My hip still hurt, but the brandy had helped a little. I could not expect Kopec to carry me on his back all night. Soon it would be daylight, and I knew that with the Pustko´w concentration camp just several miles to the south, this was no place to wander about after dawn. “Where are we going to spend the day? ” I asked. “I been hiding since before you were born,” he sneered. “I know the forests from here west to Rzeszo´w and south to the mountains.
Are you prepared to end another person’s life with your bare hands? I asked myself. Better theirs than yours, came my internal response, in spite of my ambivalence to life itself. 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.
A Match Made in Hell : The Jewish Boy and the Polish Outlaw Who Defied the Nazis by Larry Stillman