Despondency -a story of Bruno & Friedel as captives 23/7
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#1: Despondency -a story of Bruno & Friedel as captives 23/7 Author: Laura VLocation: Czech Republic PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 5:57 pm
Here is my version of what I think may have happened to Bruno von Ahlen and Friedel von Gluck who are captured during Exile and their escape. It's a dark story, hence it's posting in St Hild's.

It was the intense pain on the right side of is face that woke him up. He was lying on his side at the moment but was able to slowly sit up and gather thoughts before looking around. Apart from the pain the first thing that struck him was chugging of an engine. The floor was not steady and he felt that wherever he was was continuously moving in one direction. It was also very dark, though there was some small slits of light at the far end. Once his eyes had focused he could make out what looked like more people there with him, perhaps five or six. They were all lying down and appearred lifeless. He began to panic. Where was he? Who were all those people? Why was he here? A low groan at the far side broke his thoughts. Summoning all his courage he slowly crawled towards it.

"Are...are you okay?" trying to but failing to hide the tremors in his voice.

One of the figures slowly looked up in his direction.

"Bruno?" was the groggy response. "Bruno,"

But Bruno never had the chance to answer for at that moment he was flung back against the wall. There was the sound of doors slamming and heavy footsteps and light flooded in from the far end. Shielding his eyes from the brightness Bruno was able to make out three men in Nazi uniform standing outside.

"Poor little Polish boys," said one mockingly before they climbed inside.

Last edited by Laura V on Sun Jul 23, 2006 1:14 pm; edited 4 times in total

#2:  Author: Alison HLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:26 pm
Poor Bruno. Thanks Laura - must be hard to write something like this.

#3:  Author: leahbelleLocation: Kilmarnock PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 6:43 pm
Thanks, Laura. I always wondered exactly what happened to Bruno and Friedel.

#4:  Author: KathrynWLocation: London PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:07 pm
Thank you Laura, very chilling Sad

#5:  Author: FatimaLocation: Sunny Qatar PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:24 pm
Yes, I often wondered what happened to them, because they wouldn't even tell most of it to Jack Maynard. Thanks, Laura.

#6:  Author: ElleLocation: Peterborough PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:51 am
Ok, I am obviously having a bad morning as I was thinking "Surely Bruno is the dog? Why are they letting a dog go to a camp? My God! The dog can talk?"

Then reality hit. Thank you very much for this and I apologise for being quite so dumb!

#7:  Author: EilidhLocation: North Lanarkshire PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 11:59 am
Thanks Laura. This looks very interesting.

#8:  Author: ChairLocation: Rochester, Kent PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:05 pm
Thanks, Laura. It is good that you are filling in the gap in time but it must have been so horrible for the 2 men.

#9:  Author: JustJenLocation: at a baseball game PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 1:35 pm
Oh Lord, poor Bruno and Friedel.
Thanks Laura for posting thier story

#10:  Author: francesnLocation: away with the faeries PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 2:20 pm
Thanks for starting this Laura. I always wondered what happened to them too.

#11:  Author: Laura VLocation: Czech Republic PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:21 pm
Thanks for all your feedback! It isn't an easy topic to drabble about and I'm not a particularly good writer! It's a storyline that's always bothered me and having visited a concentration camp in Poland I felt it was something I had to write about. Here's the next installment...

They were led to large redbrick building where they were ordered to remove their military uniforms and issued with prisoner clothes. No one spoke unless they were spoken to, and this was only to give their details.
Friedel, who was the last in line, was pushed forward toward the desk.

"Name?" was the drone from sallow faced officer sat opposite.

Friedel straightened up with his head held high.
"I am Herr Hauptmann Friedel von Gluck of the Austrian Army...."

But he was unable to continue for the sound of laughter around him.

"But where is this Austria you speak of? I have heard of no such place!" laughed the officer.

Friedel held his nerve.
"It is my home, sir."

"Your home? But your home is here. With all of the other conspirators who stand against the Fuhrer. You shall live and work here - for the Fuhrer."

Friedel knew better than to react. He felt a push on his back and he was led away through a dark corridor. He was shoved so violently into a cell that he fell over. The bars were slammed shut and Friedel looked up to find himself in a cell with five other men, amongst them his friend Bruno von Ahlen.

#12:  Author: FatimaLocation: Sunny Qatar PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:24 pm
At least they're still together.

Thanks, Laura.

#13:  Author: KathrynWLocation: London PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 5:49 pm
Thank you Laura and thank you for writing this

#14:  Author: Alison HLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 6:33 pm
Thanks for writing this, Laura.

#15:  Author: leahbelleLocation: Kilmarnock PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2006 7:29 pm
Thanks, Laura. This can't be easy to write.

#16:  Author: Laura VLocation: Czech Republic PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:15 pm
The cell wasn't on the small side, but when you had to share with five other men conditions became less comfortable. Two sets of triple wooden bunk beds leant against opposing walls. The wood was so dark it was almost black, and the top bunks were practically at head height. The cell had one small window whose glass tended to wobble during high winds. Every morning at dawn the men were called out to work, whether it be in the fields digging ditches or constructing new brick buildings on the far side of the complex. They did not return indoors until sunset.

Bruno and Friedel had only been in the camp a matter of weeks but to them it seemed like years. They had lost weight due to poor diet and overworking. New bruises appearred regularly at the will of the camp officers. Disease was also rife in the camp and they both knew that to show any sign of weakness meant being removed from the cells and placed into a makesift hospital. This had happened last week to one of the men they shared a cell with. They hadn't seen or heard of him since.
He was replaced within a matter of hours.

Despite the conditions the two had been able to build friendships with the other prisoners. They learnt that most of them were Polish, opposed to the Nazi regime.

"We cannot let it happen. We will not let it happen," one of the men in their cell, named Pavel, said fiercely.

Bruno and Friedel concurred. They had lost control of their homeland but they must help other countries under threat. They knew that they must get out and fight!

#17:  Author: Alison HLocation: Manchester PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 4:49 pm
This is so harrowing Crying or Very sad .

#18:  Author: KathrynWLocation: London PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 3:51 pm
Thank you Laura

#19:  Author: ChairLocation: Rochester, Kent PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:57 pm
Thanks, Laura. It's good that they're still together. I hope that they will get out soon.

#20:  Author: Laura VLocation: Czech Republic PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 1:14 pm
Your wish is granted, Chair! Here is the next installment

"Von Ahlen?"

Bruno was aware of an officer hissing into his ear. He started to turn around but was pushed before he could do so properly.

"Don't turn around! You are von Ahlen, yes?"

Bruno nodded, just enough so that the officer was aware of his answer.

"I am here to help you escape," was abrupt reply. "You and von Gluck."

Bruno was shocked. Why would a Nazi officer want to help them escape? Was this just a trick? He had so many questions yet he could not ask them for he knew that if this man was really here to help Friedel and himself there could be serious consequences on both sides.

"It will be soon. Do not fear, you will not be caught."

The man marched quickly past Bruno without looking at him.


It was a few days later before Bruno became aware of the hissing voice again. He had started to think that what had been said to him was just a dream, however he was proved wrong.

"When we march back you and von Gluck go to the end of the line. I will follow. When we walk past the second barrack you hide inside the first room on the left. Do not make a noise. I will not be with you but I will return later."

Bruno gave the signal to Friedel, which they had decided to use since they first heard the news, a tap on the shoulder. With a single silent sideways movement they stepped into the barrack and crept into the first room on the left as the man had said. Their thoughts that this could all be a cruel trick evapourated when they saw where they were, the laundry room.

#21:  Author: ChairLocation: Rochester, Kent PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 9:53 pm
Thanks, Laura. I hope that they will be able to escape. Thank you for granting my wish.

#22:  Author: Cath V-PLocation: Newcastle NSW PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:50 am
Thank you Laura.

#23:  Author: leahbelleLocation: Kilmarnock PostPosted: Thu Jul 27, 2006 2:19 pm
Hope they can escape safely.

#24:  Author: LizBLocation: Oxon, England PostPosted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 2:55 pm
*desperately hoping they get out ok*

Thanks, Laura

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