A Meal In Winter

A Meal In Winter

Hubert Mingarelli

First Sentence:     They had rung the iron gong outside and it was still echoing, at first for real in the courtyard, and then, for a longer time, inside our heads.

Back of the book:

One morning, in the dead of winter, three German soldiers are dispatched into the frozen Polish countryside. They have been charged by their commanders to track down and bring back for execution ‘one of them’ – a Jew. Having flushed out the young man hiding in the woods, they decide to rest in an abandoned house before continuing their journey back to the camp. As they prepare food, they are joined by a passing Pole whose outspoken anti-Semitism adds tension to an already charged atmosphere. Before long, the group’s sympathies have splintered as they consider the moral implications of their murderous mission and confront their own consciences to ask themselves: should the Jew be offered food? And, having shared their meal, should he be taken back, or set free?

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Last Sentence:    I couldn’t remember a whole prayer but I did what I could with those remnants.

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