I’m Shattered

posted Dec 19, 2017, 7:15 AM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Dec 22, 2017, 7:02 AM ]

A year or so ago I wrote “Shattered” a fictional short story about the hunting down of a supposed death camp war criminal. It took place in the 90s. After I wrote it, I felt there was more to the story. Specifically, the need to understand the opposing characters’ perspectives.

A few weeks ago, I began my research of Treblinka, the extermination camp that murdered hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. The more in depth I went, the more bothered I became with the extent of the depravity that existed. I knew some things, but the more I uncovered, the more troubled I became. Perhaps I am bothered more than normal because of the holiday season. On the other hand, maybe it is because I am digging deeper into the callousness of such individuals. Or, it could be because in developing characters and scenes, I am living in their minds for brief moments. That is definitely the most difficult to do in this case.

Whatever the reason or reasons. It is disturbing and, at times, I just have to walk away.

I also wonder if anyone will really want to read the story because of the subject matter.

I cannot fathom how atrocities like this can happen. The Nazis are not the only ones that have perpetrated these type exterminations. Whether it is in the name of a religion, a country, or an ideology, somehow certain people can justify these events.

Happy Holidays!

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