Haunting Memory

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John's story is about a childhood memory that has always intrigued him. The event actually happened but in his mind it has become an allegory reflecting conflict of racial differences.

By John Maddison

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My name is John Maddison. I was born in August 1939. I've called my little story, 'A Haunting Memory'.

I was about four or five years old, a very blonde, curly haired and blue eyed child.   It was summer; I was playing by myself in the street where I live.

I was joined by a black haired, sallow skinned, brown eyed boy about my own age.

We played all afternoon. We got on very well together and it seemed as though I had known him all my life.

He told me his name was Sol.

Suddenly, he said, "Come on I'll take you home to my momma and poppa." 

I followed him. He took me to a house close by my own.

We went into the parlour. Stood by a table was a tall dark man with a very long black beard. He was dressed in a black robe and wearing a black hat.

"Poppa this is John!" Sol said.

His father looked at me. I will never forget that look, it was fearful, suspicious and sad. It unnerved me a little. "Hello!", Sol's father said in a deep, warm voice.

When I got home I told my parents about the encounter and about Sol's father and how he had affected me.

My mother, in hushed tones, said, "They are the Jewish people. We have to help save them". 

I asked what that meant. My father said, "They are the people that Hitler does not like."

I did not understand.

I had not heard of the Holocaust.

I still do not understand.

Powerful. You've got a great storyteller's voice.Posted on 07/04/2010 at 12:28:17

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