Friday, August 29, 2008

Photostory Friday: Her Last Words

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek







My husband told me a story that saddened me deeply. I have been unable to get it out of my mind the entire week. It had such a profound impact that I decided to share it today.

During the Holocaust, a sister and her younger brother – both children - was being held prisoner in a concentration camp. Of the few possessions that they had, shoes were one of the most important. One day, the sister noticed that her brother wasn’t wearing any shoes. She immediately asked him where they were. Being a typical young boy, he told her that he had misplaced them earlier that day when he wasn’t paying attention and could not find them. His sister was furious and couldn’t believe how irresponsible he had been. She berated him and shook her head as they parted ways.

That was the last time that she saw her brother as he was taken to the gas chamber later that night.

She lives with the regret of their final conversation every day. Today, she never ends a conversation by saying something that she would later regret being the last words spoken to that person.


Posted by Picasa

13 comments:

MamaGeek said...

Oh that is tragic. And that shot is heartfelt.

Killlashandra said...

I agree with Mamageek, that is tragic. And your shot of the shoes goes along perfectly with the story. As sad as it is, it's still good to remember and avoid a repeat of that atrocity.

jenty said...

OMW, that shot is so powerful for that story! Very sad

Ann said...

Such a tragic story, the shot works so well with it and the B&W conversion is perfect.

Cecily R said...

What a sad reminder. I hope I am more mindful of my conversations with the people I love because of it.

The shot is perfect.

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

wow - I have heard so many stories like this . . . just heartwrenching!

that girl said...

when I first looked at the shoes, I wanted to think about what the post might be about. thank you for reminding all of us that today could be our last.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

That was a horrible time in earth's history.

Perry said...

What a story. Your photo matches the story perfectly. (Nice monochrome conversion too.)

Chris said...

What a sad story, and what an admirable goal. Imagine what this world could be,if we all strove never to say another unkind word to another person.

angie said...

Oh my goodness......I can see why you haven't stopped thinking about this. The picture to go with the story is perfect......and the story serves as a great reminder to think about what we say, doesn't it?

Gina said...

Wow, thank you for sharing this powerful story. What an awesome lesson. I can feel the emotion in the photo.

Susan said...

What a great photo for your story. That is a tragic situation. I had a friend suddenly die when I was in college and another friend had argued with her the day before. It took her a very long time to forgive herself and realize that our friend would have forgiven her for that.