"The Garden of Tears" (Fictional Story)
In 1942 Bridagefuhrer Harenstein sent the 1st SS infantry bridgae to Debica, a city in Poland. I was amoung the men deployed. My orders were to locate & detain the remaining Jews hidden within the population. The locals were responding to pressure put on by the former occupying soldiers. They had provided us with a list of 84 names and addresses. We conducted search after search. The captured fugitives were sent to meet their fate. Within two weeks the list of once 84 was now a list of 32.
Number 32, Sage Elazar...
It was early in the moring when we arrived on his property. The house was on several acres of land. I decided to wait behind so Id have a clear line of sight on anyone trying to run across the field. The rest of the men went towards the house and surrounded it. A few minutes later the crack of a bullet pierced the sky. I quickly ran to the house to support my men. I heard a man cry out, "Sofia!!! My god, what have you done?" I arrived at the house and went around to the back. A woman laid face down in the dirt... We had been instructed to shoot anyone attempting to flee a search area... I recognized this man but I knew him by another name. I had seen this man before two years earlier. My daughter had introduced him to me. He was then her fiance... I had not heard from my daughter in over a year. In her last letter she said her and Markel would be moving soon. Sage, my daughter and their unborn child lived in house number 32... When I returned I collapsed in the church garden and prayed for forgiveness but I knew no amount of apologies could erase my wrongs... May God have mercy on my soul... Photo by - Michael Kosciolek
Story by - Michael Kosciolek
Photo taken using 1/6 scaled models.