Under the Numbers

It was 1929. I lived in a large apartment in Munich, so big to fit me, my mama, papa, sister, and six brothers. We had a close relationship with the Catholic family who lived in the only other apartment on our floor. The Müllers were a nice couple who did not care that we were Jews. We had dinners together, went to the park, and shared hot cocoa on cold nights. But this relationship soon came to an end in 1940, after the years of persecution against Jews finally convinced them we were the animals they said we were. They pretended not to know us, and ignored our greetings. I was 25, a well-mannered, innocent girl who never talked back and kept my head down. My family moved across town, into ...

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My hair I dyed blonde and my eyes were already steel gray which could be taken, when I wore certain colors for the preferred aryan eye color of blue. I pretended to be someone I wasn’t, and no one found out. By five years later, my life was completely changed. My name was Emilia Schmidt and I worked as a maid for a very nice German family with two young boys that I took care of. At night I went to bars, and slept with various men for extra money. I still had not heard from my family and not a day went by where I did not wonder where they were. I stood in my usual spot and waited for a man, any man, to come and pick me up. After 20 minutes of flirting, a man by the name of Hans said he wanted to take me to his house. The car ride to his home was very similar to ones I had seen in my earlier years, but I was having trouble remembering why. He had bought me three drinks at the café and I was already starting to feel it. When we reached his apartment I looked around, observing ...

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Added: 1/6/2020 12:18:30 PM
Submitted By: meiraduftler
Category: Creative Writing
Type: Free Paper
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