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Hanna, her Life in and out of Hitler's Concentration camp.A Challenge by Annart.

Updated on March 27, 2015
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I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.

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Hanna's Life Before and After Living in Hitler's Concentration Camp.

This is a challenge by Annart. Her only stipulation is to use the first picture in your response.

The Year was Nineteen Thirty Nine

Hanna lying on the top bunk. A wooden board for a mattress. One thin blanket for the chilly night air. She was searching the sky through a barred window covered with a see-through type of gray plastic. She was hoping to see a falling star to make a wish on, but all she could visualize was a faded blue sky with bits of dim lights, no twinkling stars.

Happy Days

Hanna was thinking back to happy days when she lived with her family in Germany. Her father Isac a prysician. Her mother an accomplished music teacher. Her little brother Ross playing baseball in the park close by.

Hitler the Dictator

The happy days were before Hitler the dictator ruled Germany. She remembers the fearful day when the gestapo came and moved the family to a place called the Jewish ghetto. She watched as they removed her mother's prized paintings and everything that was valuable.

Thansported to the Concentration Camp

The family only lived in the ghetto a few weeks before being transported by rail freight to a place called Auschwitz. Her father put in forced labor. Her mother disappeared the first day, never to be seen again. Her brother Ross housed with other boys his age helping to build more camps.

Hanna moved to the Commanding Officer's Quarters

Hanna was lucky in a sad way she was beautiful with raven black hair, pale smooth skin and sparkling black eyes. She'd only been in the camp a short time when her beauty was noticed by the commanding officer. He had her moved to his quarters telling her that he needed someone to cook and clean. She did all that he demanded. Living one-day-at-a-time. Hoping against all odds that the world would intervene and stop Hitler's atrocities against the Jewish population. She knew the Jews were not the only people Hitler hated. He hated homosexuals, and anyone who was crippled or had a mental disorder. This was her daily life and she did whatever the officer ordered her to do.

Pearl Harbor Bombed

When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December the seventh nineteen forty one the U.S. went to war. She thought she'd be rescued soon.

Each day new arrivals were brought in by freight trains. One day a beautiful young girl was transported to the camp.

Hanna Sent Back to Camp

The commanding officer quickly sent Hanna back to camp bringing the new beautiful recruit to his quarters. Hanna was glad. Her self-esteem was somewhat restored, but her life looked bleak. The days dragged on and on.

The gas Chambers

The year was nineteen forty three. The war was still raging. Her depression deepened. She had little or no appetite. All she wanted to do was sleep with frequent thoughts of suicide. She'd heard that Germany was losing the war, but the thoughts of being rescued were waning.

Early one morning they all were awakened and told they were going to the bath house for baths. When she entered the newly built building she immediately saw the gas outlets adjacent to the showers. She knew exactly what was going to happen. People in the camp knew about prisoners being gassed to death.

In a strange way she felt a calmness enter her soul knowing this life she hated so badly would soon be over.

In fact she began inhaling deeply.













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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      How moving.

      this time in our history is one that none of us should ever forget. Sadly atrocities continue today in many places around the world.

      Having friends who are Jewish has made me want to know more . I wrote a hub about the children who were transported out of Germany during this time. How gut wrenching but wonderful at the same time.

      Voted up++++

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shyron. Sorry to be late. I'm in the process of moving and redocerating so I've not been on HP for a month. I'm so glad you like this piece. I think I would feel the same as you. Thank you Dear friend. Hugs and many blessings...

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, wow I did not expect it to end this way, but you captured the essence of reality and I think that would be me when all hope is lost.

      Very touching.

      Voted up, UABI and shared

      Blessings and Hugs

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello radhikasree. I'm sorry I made you cry, but I'm glad I touched your heart. Thank you so much..

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      3 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Hanna's story is heart-touching. You really brought tears into my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mary. I agree with your comment. When I wrote this, I put myself in the camp and came to the conclusion that death would be better than life. I'm thrilled that you liked my story. Thank you so much..

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Cam. I read an article on wikimedia that told about the Jewish women being raped by the camp guards. Thank's for the compliment. Always happy to see you on my page.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      Ruby this is an amazing story. You've capture the depression and hopelessness of a young Jewish girl in a concentration camp while answering Ann's challenge in a unique and challenging way. Certainly not an easy subject but you handled it beautifully. A sad ending but one that offered more hope than life did in a concentration camp.

      Voted all but funny.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 years ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

      Ruby, this is a heartbreaking story that I am sure happened in reality over and over again. It never occurred to me that the Nazis might use the young, pretty girls, but it's not surprising. Having the threat of the gas chambers hanging constantly over their heads must have been more than many coult take. Well done, Ruby. Keep up the great writing.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. I know you are busy, so please don't concern yourself with being late. It is so strange, last night I watched a documentary about the death camps at Auschwitz. I only watched for a few minutes. It was so grafic and sad. I never thought about being a brave writer. Thank you for the compliment. Thank you for sharing..Lots of hugs. Happy Easter....

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      Genna East 

      3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      (I'm so sorry I'm late, Ruby, but work and other demands have taken their toll.) Hanna's tragic story is a reflection of the millions who suffered at the hands of Hitler; the horrific criminal of the 20th century. You gave them a voice in this story, written with sensitivity, compassion and understanding. I agree with Maria, my friend. You are one of the bravest writers I know. Bravo! Voted up and shared.

      Happy Easter!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar, I was reading a piece on wikimedia about the concentration camps and how badly the Jewish people were treated and I just had to write about it. Thank you so much..Hugs..

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell, sorry for being late. This is an event that has always evoked bitter feelings for me. Thank you for the nicely done comment...

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      Maria Jordan 

      3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Ruby,

      You are one of the bravest writers I know. You will not shy away from any subject - and you are directly compelling in the way you do so.

      This subject is horrific - your writing is anything but...

      Wishing you a peaceful and blessed Easter weekend. Love, Maria,

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, This was an amazing piece, and you captured the horror of those days, it doesn't bear thinking about that those poor people went through, nicely done, nell

    • always exploring profile imageAUTHOR

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello D.J. I sometimes wonder about reincarnation. I could see and feel Hanna's pain. I know this sounds crazy. lol. Your comments about my writing is heartfelt and humbling. I can't imagine being in a camp where the gassing took place like you were. I have always wondered if the people in Germany knew about the camps? If so, how could they let it happen? Sometimes I think we are close to genocide again from the ISIS. Thank you so much.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello manatita. Yes they were dark days. I have read so many books about people who survived the camps. Their stories need to be told. I did not read this story, but I'm sure it probably happened. Thank you..Peace.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello John. I don't know why I chose to write about the concentration camps when I looked at the picture. It just seemed so faded and sad. I'm glad you liked the story. I hope you will write your version. Thank you...

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      DJ Anderson 

      3 years ago

      Ruby, your unique style continues to surprise me.

      You look at a piece and come up with something that is

      extraordinarily your tone and reads as your stylish mode.

      I have been to a concentration camp in Germany. Dachau was

      one of the first camps opened in Germany. I have stood in a gas chamber and stared up at the valves that delivered the deadly gas.

      It is a haunting place to be.

      You delivered a story that was completely believable because you

      spoke from the heart.

      Thank you for bringing this story to life.

      May we never forget the past atrocities.

      Good job, Ruby!

      DJ.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Martie. Glad I pulled you in. Yes, a tragic era in our world. Hopefully it will never be repeated. Thank you..Hugs(:D

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      manatita44 

      3 years ago from london

      Those were dark times indeed!

      Dark but necessary story. Peace.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Once again I seem to be late reading other people's hubs Ruby but this certainly didn't disappoint. I have read a lot of stories about the holocaust recently and it just doesn't get any easier. These were terrible times and you portrayed another brave story in the form of Hanna. Wonderful response to Ann's challenge. Voted up.

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      Martie Coetser 

      3 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, Ruby! What a tragic piece of history! You have pulled me in, again :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Larry. Happy you found this interesting. Thank you...

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very interesting.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello travel man. I agree. The hate for a group of people will forever live in our memories just like slavery and the government treatment of the Indians. Hopefully this will never happen again...Thank you..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Sara. Good to see you on my page. I thought after all Hanna had been through, death would be a blessing. Thank you for a wonderful comment...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Theresa. I'm glad you found this powerful and disturbing. Life in the camps was so terrible. It didn't take much imagination to write this. Thank's for sharing all around.

      Peace and blessings..Hugs..

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      Ireno Alcala 

      3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      A very chilling story. The worst chapter of mankind in world history, that is the Nazi-Hitler's era.

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 

      3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Such a powerful and poignant storyline with the perfectly complementing ending. Great depth of imagination and emotions explored here. A very commendable response to the picture challenge.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, what an ending! You really brought the daily reality home here and one cannot help but to know why Hanna resigned to breathing in deeply.

      Great response to Ann's challenge, Ruby. Powerful and disturbing.

      Up +++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Peace and blessings

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann. I'm thrilled you think this piece is a powerful response. Thank you for the challenge. I enjoy your challenges very much...

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      Well, Ruby, what can I say?! Such a powerful response to my challenge - and the first I've read. Thank you so much for responding.

      This has the matter-of-fact tone of the drudgery and acceptance that so many had to go through and that's what makes it so much more horrific.

      I'll be adding a link for this on my hub.

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. I'm sure there were thousands of Hanna's in the camps. It was a sad write and I felt her pain. It is a time not to be forgotten. I'm happy that you think I captured the emotions. Thank you my friend...

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mike. I became close to Hanna while writing this story. Indeed she was strong, but depression took it's toll and death seemed better than life. What a horrible era in our world history. Thank you. Peace my friend..

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. It's no wonder that she preferred death over life. How could a country not know about the horror camps? I read that the German people were unawear of the camps. I hope that is true. Thank you so much for reading and commenting..

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Certainly not a pleasant story, but one that played out thousands of times during that war. I think you captured the emotions perfectly. Nice response to Ann's challenge, my friend.

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      mckbirdbks 

      3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ruby - You shine a mirror to light this horrible chapter in human behavior. What incredible strength your young lady had to last as long as she did.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, this is a very poignant and haunting story. I can almost feel Hannah's resignation to death over the life she was living.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. The stories told about that awful time has always haunted me. I know it still stirs emotions, mine too. I read a book not long ago about the atrocities in the concentration camps. The poor people had no one to help them. Thank you for coming. Peace my friend..

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      This stirs up my emotions so much Ruby--it is hard not to cry

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank. I think we all have that fear when a nation is allowed to slaughter innocent people. Least we forget. Thank you for an awesome comment..

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      wow very explosive.. always you tapped into our inner fears with this challenge.. bravo

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