By Larry Stillman
When Moniek (Morris) Goldner and his relatives have been uprooted from their Polish farming village in the course of a German motion, the child-sized sixteen-year-old fled into the forests. He ultimately met up together with his father, who had additionally escaped, and jointly they controlled to outlive until eventually a former buddy betrayed the pair. Wounded and left for lifeless underneath his father’s murdered physique, Goldner used to be rescued by means of the enigmatic outlaw Jan Kopec, who used to be additionally in hiding, searching for how one can cash in on his legal expertise.
For eighteen months Kopec concealed the boy with him, relocating from one region to a different, usually staying in hideouts he had formed years previous. first and foremost Kopec informed Goldner just to function his associate in robberies and black marketplace actions. yet prior to lengthy he driven the learning to a complete new point, making it attainable for him to promote Goldner’s providers to a shadowy resistance staff which used to be turning into drawn to the bold younger saboteur.
And via all of it, those disparate personalities—the quiet, small-framed boy and the stocky, callous mercenary—forged an outstanding friendship and co-dependency born of want and desperation in a hellish time and place.
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I knew my darkcolored pants and jacket would be filthy from the dust of the rock but 22 Into the Forest decided I would rather wash them in the stream when I got home than pass up such a convenient ride. After several minutes I began to pick up small pieces of the crushed rock all around me and pitch them, one by one, off the back of the wagon. Without any conscious thought, I aimed at targets along the road. Ping! A chunk of gravel hit a rusted piece of metal, the remnant of a discarded plow, lying in the dust.
It was hard for me to believe. Why would he risk his own neck to rescue me? Him, of all people! As far as I knew, there wasn’t a more notorious criminal in all of Poland. My mind continued to race with some of the things I had overheard while I was growing up. Anecdotes about the man’s bank robberies, home invasions, things far worse. Daring exploits so shocking, it seemed to me they could not possibly be true. “You know my name, I take it,” Kopec growled. He studied my face. I nodded, but I did not shy away from him.
86) Given the execution of this documented escape, it is tempting to speculate what Kopec might have done to get away. Being a consummate thief, he could well have found a way to steal an SS uniform from the guards’ living quarters. Then, when he met his partner Turek at the stables, they could have concealed the uniform under their prison clothes. Perhaps they set out to the railway siding to fill their wagon with bricks. But this time, instead of loading the bricks in a solid block, they left a hollow space in the center that could be reached from the front of the pile.