By Larry Stillman
When Moniek (Morris) Goldner and his kin 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 good friend betrayed the pair. Wounded and left for lifeless underneath his father’s murdered physique, Goldner was once rescued by way of the enigmatic outlaw Jan Kopec, who used to be additionally in hiding, trying to find how you can benefit from his felony expertise.
For eighteen months Kopec concealed the boy with him, relocating from one region to a different, usually staying in hideouts he had shaped years previous. firstly Kopec knowledgeable Goldner just to function his associate in robberies and black marketplace actions. yet earlier than lengthy he driven the educational to an entire new point, making it attainable for him to promote Goldner’s prone to a shadowy resistance workforce which was once changing into attracted 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 notable friendship and co-dependency born of desire and desperation in a hellish time and place.
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Go ahead, kid, drink some,” he insisted. “This will keep you warm. ” So I took a small sip, felt the fiery liquid slide down my throat, then took a more generous swallow. I coughed. My face reddened. 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.
Not a “ping” this time, but the sound of glass cracking. Brakes squealing and tires skidding. Jarred out of my dream world, I gasped at what I had done. The very moment my arm had released the chunk of gravel, a black car had been passing by the horse and wagon, heading in the opposite direction, toward De˛bica. 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.
Barricades would go up behind you as well as a block or two in front of you, and entrances to each cross street and alleyway would be similarly shut off by SS and Gestapo officers with fierce dogs. Then the Nazis would make their selection from among the group caught in their net. By the time Kopec must have realized what was happening, Kryzak said, it would have been too late, even for the self-assured and powerful man he was. As far as anyone knows, Kopec was captured simply because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A Match Made in Hell : The Jewish Boy and the Polish Outlaw Who Defied the Nazis by Larry Stillman