The Escape of Auschwitz

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

"Work Makes You Free"

During World Was II, Rose was twelve and German. Pretty good right? But her best friend Haven, was twelve and Jewish. Times were hard and they both just wanted to forget all the terror they had seen. Their families were hard working people jsut trying to make ends meet when the Nazi's came and stole their jobs away.

It was a day like any other when Haven and Rose were chasing butterflies in the front yard, they played every day to get away from the terror of the soldiers. Haven's mother had warned them to be careful in what they said and did, and to always be alert. But today was Rose's birthday and they didn't want to have to watch for soldiers. Instead, the two girls got caught up in chasing a beautiful butterfly and lost track of time. Before they knew it, night had fallen and curfew was upon them. They had tried to run home but lost their, the soldiers were on patrol so they decided to hide till morning. The girls hid in the dense brush and waited for what seemed like forever. Finally, the sun had gone down and Haven started to fall asleep. Haven soon wakes up and screams as she finds a soldier has discovered them. The soldier hit Haven up side the head with the butt of his rifle, Rose gasped as Haven loses conciousness. 'What are you doing out past curfew? Especially at your age.' Asked the soldier roughly. Rose then replied that theyhad been chasing a butterfly, lost track  of time, and got lost trying to find their way home. The soldier gave Rose a foul look and clutched her arm hard as he started to drag them both. When Rose asked where they were going all the soldier told her was that it was someplace safe.

When the sun came up the following morning, they didn't know where they were. All they could see was people in strange uniforms and Nazi's everywhere. Rose looked down to see that she and Haven had both been stripped of their clothes and now wore a grey uniform as well. Rose wondered what was happening as a soldier ushered them out to work. Rose looked over to Haven and saw that she had tears in her green eyes and a gash on her head. The two girls wished they had stayed home as they were pushed and shoved toward the other side of the yard. Haven, in a act of desperation, grabbed the fence around the yard and tried to climb it, immediatley she screamed in pain and fell backwards as electricity shocked her.

Over the next few days Haven and Rose tried everything they could to find a way out, when finally theycame up with a plan. Rose would dig a short tunnel outside of view, to the outside of the fence. When finished Haven would crawl through and wait in the woods surrounding the camp until Rose had made it through the next day. The day the tunnel was completed, Haven was out and and ran to the nearby woods. As Rose was working the next day, a soldier asked her where the other young girl was, a question Rose hadn't been prepared to answer. When Rose didn't reply, he slapped her, spit in her face and walked away. Knowing she didn't have much time, Rose ran back to the tunnel and started to crawl through, what she didn't know was that someone had traded their information on the tunnel for more rations, As Rose entered the tunnel, a soldier came up and shot her on site. Haven heard the shot but decided to wait to see if Rose would still be coming. Almost a day had passed when Haven gave up hope and knew that Rose wouldn't be joining her on her journey. After a few days of running, Haven had found an old farm house where she cuold live under the radar until the Nazi's had been driven out of Poland a few years later.

Ten years after Haven had escaped, she was still living in the same farm house but she now had a husband a two children. It was the life that she had always hoped for, what she and Rose had always hoped for, thought Haven. Later that nnight she was sitting by the fire with her husband as she said, 'I can't believe it's been ten years, ten years since Rose died to secure my freedom. Rose was the best friend anyone could've ever asked for, I just wish she had made it to enjoy it with us.' as she started to cry. Two years after Haven was free, she had found what remained of Rose. Her body had not yet decayed fully and Haven was ableto bury her body next to their house. Haven planted a beautiful tree next to Rose's grave so that she would always remember how Rose, and the woods surrounding the camp, saved her life.


Submitted: June 14, 2021

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