The Other Side of the Barbed Wire Fence

December 24, 2010
By paperwalls SILVER, Sudbury, Massachusetts
paperwalls SILVER, Sudbury, Massachusetts
8 articles 0 photos 0 comments

His cheeks had sunken in, much like how the land looks after an earthquake. His head is shaven, but stubble collects on his chin.

His eyes; his eyes.
They are saturated by anguish. He is angry at the world; they stood still while his family suffocated and burned.

Slowly, he lifts his bony right hand up to the side of his face and his first two fingers form a sign of peace.

He has returned from the dead.

The author's comments:
In my Bio-Ethics class, we watched The Long Way Home which is actual footage from the liberation of the Jews post-World War II. I wrote this piece about one of the photographs of a refugee in the movie.

Similar Articles


This article has 0 comments.

MacMillan Books

Aspiring Writer? Take Our Online Course!