A LONE SOLDIER
1. INT - NIGHT. INSIDE BASEMENT OF REMOTE FARMHOUSE.
The German soldier barely seen in the light of a candle sits down on a wooden chair. Another guy sits opposite him and passes him a mug of water with a gentle smile planted on his face.
Tell me, what brings you here old friend?
(Reassuring and inviting tone, said in English with an German accent)
2. EXT - DAY. FLASHBACK TO ONE WEEK EARLIER - BY THE RAILINGS OF THE ENCLOSED CONCENTRATION CAMP.
German soldier (Average height, blonde short hair peeking out from under his helmet, blue eyes, late twenties) looking around uneasily holding a gun between his shaking hands. Two young children standing facing the railings in front of him crying loudly and shouting for help. The deep breathing of the soldier clearly visible as he waits for his orders.
The soldier aims his gun at one of the young children and pulls back on the trigger whilst closing his eyes as he fires. The brief scream of the child stops in an instant and without much hesitation he moves the gun briefly to the other child and this time with his hand slightly shaking he fires another bullet and the child slumps down on the floor with no sign of life. The soldier lowers his gun and wipes a bead of sweat from his brow as he makes his breathing go back to normal. The Captain congratulates him by nudging his arm, and wanders off leaving the soldier on his own.
3. PRESENT. GERMAN SOLDIER V.O. OVER THE IMAGE OF THE GERMAN SOLDIERS FACE AFTER HE SHOT THE CHILDREN.
I have killed hundreds, either by my own gun or leading them to their deaths into the gas chambers. I couldn't do anything about it, if I disobeyed my orders I'd be punished by death. I didn't want to die.
4. INT - DAY. FLASHBACK. INSIDE THE WOMEN'S BLOCK OF CAMP.
The German soldier enters the room and all thirty odd unhealthily looking women turn to look at him. They all fall silent, and he could see the loss of hope gone from their eyes. Some women too weak to stand up straight. The soldier gulped before chucking half a loaf of bread into the room. Sobs from the women accidently escape their mouths, and the soldier immediately turns to walk out the room and slams the door behind him.
EXT - DAY. OUTSIDE THE WOMEN'S BLOCK.
The soldier quickly jogs to the side of the building and slides down the wall placing his head on his knees. He quietly sobs whilst mumbling under his breath.
I can't cope anymore
(sobbing, voice breaking)
5. EDITING WIPE TO EXT - NIGHT. OUTSIDE THE SAME WOMEN'S BLOCK.
The German Solider peers at his surroundings before heading to the door of the room full of starving women. He places his left hand on the door handle whilst the other hand carries a bag full of bread and cooked rice. He enters the door.
INT - INSIDE WOMEN'S BLOCK.
Without speaking he walks to the middle of the room and gets the food out of the bag and places it onto the floor. Some of the women raise their heads from their beds and stare at him with fear and confusion. He briefly smiles and nods to encourage them to eat the food. He then storms out the room with his forehead creased with worry.
GERMAN SOLDIER'S V.O. - PRESENT. OVER THE IMAGE OF THE DARK ROOM OF THE WOMEN SLOWLY CLIMBING OFF THEIR BEDS TO REACH FOR THE FOOD.
I couldn't stand the sight of seeing them so hungry, their brittle bones looked as if they'd break any minute. I knew I shouldn't have done it; they'd still eventually be led to their deaths, why should I prolong it for them even more.
6. EXT - DAY. FLASHBACK - FARMING AREA OF THE CAMP.
Hundreds of women ploughing at the fields whilst German soldiers walk in between them all. Every few seconds a woman would be whipped or hit with a soldier's gun for either falling over from being so weak, or sometimes for the own amusement of the soldiers. The German soldier walked up and down the fields passing all these women with his expression blank, barely showing any interest. As he passed a woman who looked to be in her late thirties, bent down to pick up some crops but started to fall flat on her face from being so weak. The German soldier automatically reached out and grabbed onto her arm to stop her from falling. He steadies her, she turns to look at his face with her eyes open wide in shock, knowing she'd more than likely get a beating. The German soldier dropped his eye contact and briefly smiled before carrying on walking forwards.
7. INT - NIGHT. FADE OUT TO A FADE IN OF THE WOMEN'S BLOCK.
The German soldier carried out his normal orders as he did the day before. The door opens with him stepping inside. He marches into the middle of the room and without a thought he kneels down and places the bag on the floor in front of him. His left hand reaches inside the bag and takes out two loaves of bread and a cup of cooked rice, more than the normal amount.
GERMAN SOLDIER V.O. OVER THE SCENE.
If I helped thirty people it's better than helping none I thought, so I chose everyday to give these frail women more and more food.
The soldier gets up to leave but a voice stops him from walking any further. He freezes and wipes the back of his neck from the sweat that laid there. He closes his eyes and exhales deeply before he turns to face the voice.
You stopped me from falling over. We appreciate the food kind Sir, you are our saviour.
(weak voice breaking at times, gentle tone)
The soldier looks into her eyes, gulps and scrunches his fists. He marches towards her and with a flinch of his eyes he smacks her face. The woman gasps and falls down to the ground. The other women around shuffle nervously, and sobs escape from some of them.
GERMAN SOLDIER V.O. OVER THE SCENE.
I had to show I was still in charge, if they told others I'd get found out and be killed. I didn't like doing it but I had no choice.
(pained and guilty)
EXT - OUTSDIDE WOMEN'S BLOCK.
The German soldier shuts the door quietly with glances both left and right. He then silently shuffles forwards to reach the soldiers room. As he reaches the door he outstretches his arm but suddenly freezes as he hears a voice from behind.
GERMAN SOLDIER 2
What are you up to soldier Karl Heinz?
HEINZ gulps and closes his eyes. He turns his head to the left and scrunches his hands into fists.
Nothing Sir, just getting some air Sir.
German soldier 2 nods his head slowly without taking his eyes off of Heinz. After five seconds pass by he sighs loudly and turns around and marches towards the woman's block. Heinz bites down on his lip and scurries into the soldiers room without looking back. He locates his bed and rushes over to climb inside.
KARL HEINZ V.O. - OVERTHE SCENE OF GERMAN SOLDIER 2 WHIPPING THE WOMEN.
I knew from that moment that he was going to figure out what I had done as soon as he entered the room. I was going to be killed if I stayed there any longer.
(frightened, sniffing back some tears)
8. INT - DAY. INSIDE THE SOLDIER'S ROOM.
There is a traitor among us. Someone has been giving out extra food to the women. Once we find this traitor, as he wants to be like them it seems, we shall treat him just as we treat them!
Heinz jolts up from his bed and frantically looks around the room for the soldier that found him last night. When he doesn't seem to be anywhere in the room he clumsily shoves some of his things into a bag. He stands up straightening his uniform and hauls the bag over his soldier. He watches as the Captain is busy talking to another Soldier and marches out the room without looking back and walks towards the main gate.
EXT - DAY. AT THE ENTRANCE GATE.
He gets to the security officer and waits for him to acknowledge him. He chances a look back to soldier's room and gets fed up of waiting as he is in a rush. He knocks aggressively on the window and the security looks up at him through the window.
Permission to leave Sir?
Heinz swallows a little too loudly, and places his hands in his pockets to hide the nervous shaking of his hands.
(Coughs to clear his throat) Sent to go help out with the Jews that are still out on the streets.
The security officer's eyes narrow and he purses his lips. His gaze goes to the button on the wall beside him and he slowly reaches over to press it. Whilst he reaches over Heinz's breathing quickens and sweat starts to trickle down the back of his neck.
KARL HEINZ V.O. - OVER THE SCENE.
I didn't know if the button was going to open the gate or set off an alarm, I prayed in my mind that I'd get out.
(Words coming out in a flurry)
Once the button was pressed inwards the gates clicked open and the violent sound of the iron gates creak open. Heinz hauls his bag up higher on his shoulder and marches towards the gate. When reaching the gates his pace quickens until he is out of view which is when he changes it into a sprint and runs anywhere away from the concentration camp.
9. INT - PRESENT. INSIDE BASEMENT OF REMOTE FARMHOUSE.
What happens now?
Heinz nervously plays with his fingers and finds it difficult to sit still in the wooden chair.
They're going to come after me. I have to keep running or else I'll be dead.
You're scared of being treated like those Jews and yet you want to help them?
10. EXT - PRESENT - CONCENTRATION CAMP.
The thirty women who had been helped by Heinz walk in a line leading up to a gas chamber. German soldiers planted either side of them shouting abuse and laughing at them. The women have tears falling from their eyes and their small figures could barely keep up with the pace the solders want them to move. The gas chamber door is opened and the women walk inside. A German soldier closes the door after they had all gone inside and in a matter of seconds it switches on and everyone inside goes silent.
KARL HEINZ V.O. OVER THE SCENE OF THE GAS CHAMBER.
I wanted to save them all but I had no choice but to run away and leave them, does that make me a bad person?
(Whimpering, eyes filling with tears)