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The long line of bedraggled people was waiting for imminent selection. There were to be no winners.

At 12 years of age Ruth expected to be sent to the death camps. There was only one choice. Lie. She was determined not to do that.

The record keeper, a trusted prisoner, whispered: “Say you are fifteen”.

The examining doctor doubted her but she stood firm. The doctor thought she looked too weak for the demands of slave labour but he was persuaded that she had strong legs and could work. He shrugged and selected her.

Ruth was saved by a whisper.

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    Neville Hunt about 2 months ago

    Absolutely super drabble Brian! Lots to think about and process, and the final line is terrific, linking as it does with the advice given earlier. One of your best.

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    Brian Mackinney about 2 months ago

    Thank you Neville. It was based on an obituary I read.

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    Neville Hunt about 2 months ago

    What a good source for a drabble. But it is how you have written and structured it that has impressed me most!

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    Drew Martyn about 2 months ago

    Very powerful drabble, Brian, thoroughly enjoyed reading (and re-reading) it.

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