Lebensunwertes Leben

Each night, I dream of home but awaken only to death.

Trying to avoid the bodies littering the ground, I stumble through the door.

Starvation, the guards say. My stomach rumbles in response.

They say I get to take a shower today.

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32 Comments on “Lebensunwertes Leben

  1. Heartbreaking and intense! I admit that I had to google the title. I had a feeling that’s what it was referring too but knowing made it that much more poignant.

    • Thank you Jen! I just happened upon the phrase while researching today and thought it would be a good Easter egg for people who want to know my true meaning. I’d love to one day write some historical fiction from that time but the research task is so daunting. Anyway, thanks for reading!

    • Thanks Stacie! I’m so morbidly drawn to this time period. I have no idea why. I think it’s just so hard to believe something like that actually happened.

  2. I, too had to google the title. Even without context it was heartwrenching but, of course, more-so once I knew what it referred to. Beautifully written, Arden. There are so many stories to be told, from so many times. I’m sure if and when you do take on something from this era, you would make it meaningful and compelling – and that we’d all read it!

    • Wow, thank you so much. That really means a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope I can eventually take it on. I think it would be a project I would care about immensely. Thanks again!

    • It so hard to say thank you when writing about such a tough topic but I really appreciate your words! Thanks for reading!

  3. Stories from this era have always broken my heart. That said, they are important to read and am drawn to the way you’ve done it. I would love to read more of this…please ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! I would love to write a longer piece of work one day in this time period. We’ll see ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks again for reading.

  4. Damn, Arden, this is fantastic! I LOVE that last line, the almost ordinariness of it against the horror of everything else. Brilliantly done.

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