Kaufmann swept the final bundle of wood shavings into the wheelbarrow and stretched his aching back.

‘Hör nicht auf,’ the supervisor yelled at him. ‘Schnell, schnell.’

Exhausted, Kaufmann put the broom and spade into the barrow and took up the handles. He waddled as quickly as his skinny frame could manage, clearing the road just as faint car engines approached through the forest. He tipped the wood shavings into the ditch behind the trees.

‘Bewege es!’ The guards nudged them with their rifles. The workers were corralled into a group, hidden from the roadside.

Through the trees they could see the cleared road they had helped to construct over the last month. It led to the clearing in the forest where they had spent the last six months constructing the large military complex. The guards, today in their smart uniforms, lined the road.

As the caravan of vehicles passed, the guards saluted. Kaufmann peered through the trees. There, in the first car, he was sure he had glimpsed him, standing up, returning the salute, the familiar parted black hair and moustache.

The Wolf had entered his lair for the first time.

Copyright Dawn Miller

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). Hosted by Al Forbes. For more details visit HERE.

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The Wolf’s Lair was a compound built in the Masurian Woods in 1940-1941 to serve as Hitler’s Eastern headquarters. It was constructed by Fritz Todt and his Todt Organization, which notoriously used forced labour.

51 responses to “THE WOLF’S LAIR”

  1. I suppose it would’ve been a death sentence if Kaufmann spat on the ground. The Nazis did use a lot of forced and slave labor. It’s one of the reasons so many V-2 rockets failed, either through sabotage or apathy. Nice work, Iain.

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  2. This was a fine piece of writing. We do need to read about the past, if only to remind us of the evil that can surface.

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  3. Some good history behind this story. I guess the Nazis like the armies of any dictator used forced labor. It’s very sad that it was both Jewish people, but also there own German people. Great write. Also, I think since I’ve visited you’ve updated your blog theme. I like it a lot 🙂

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      • Hehe that’s very true. The Egyptian pyramids I think in particular are always difficult to comprehend, how did men lift so many huge blocks of stone. Then again, thee projects were not finished in a year or two. Some of them took decades or I remembered certain Cathedral taking a few hundred, especially when you require labor to be skilled.

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    • Thanks Nis. A shame that those that suffered, many never want to tell their story. I for one would love to hear what your grandfather went through and what he did to survive. Thanks for reading.

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  4. Eerie… great reminder of while genocide was taking place in dank dark death camps…undeserved trophies were “taken “ by the depraved … nice historic take

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