“There was nothing left, you know”, she whispered. 
“After the Arab Legion captured the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem where she lived, everything was destroyed. 
Everything. It was a miracle that the cello survived. 
And then for nineteen years the Arabs would not let any Jew come home. 
No one to visit her grave.” She faltered. “Or my father’s.” 

“Elsa knew you would want her letters.”

“All my life I have longed for some word from my mother. 
All…no matter how wonderful others may be…” 
She touched her hand to her heart. “I never stopped wishing for her! 
Sometimes in the music I heard her voice. 
In the music I thought I could almost feel her holding me.” 
Tikvah brushed away her tears and shrugged, embarrassed by her emotion.
*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt, every week. Thanks for this week’s beautiful photo prompt © Björn Rudberg

This is an excerpt from the book JERUSALEM INTERLUDE by Bodie Thoene, book 4 in the Zion Covenant series by Bodie & Brock Thoene. Opening in 1936, the Zion Covenant series tells the courageous and compelling stories of those who risk everything to stand against the growing tide of Nazi terrorism that is sweeping through central Europe under the dangerous and deceitful guise of Hitler’s Third Reich.

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I love this series that lays out in graphic detail the poignancy and plight of a genocide, which we hardly ever really comprehend.

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19 thoughts on “SONG OF THE PAST

  1. Dear Sabina,

    I’ve never read books but I’ve heard much about them. I love the name Tikvah which means hope. As in Israel’s national anthem “HaTikvah.” The Hope. Thank you for sharing the excerpt.



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  2. Thank you for sharing the excerpts. They’re very moving and incredibly sad.
    I recently went to an exhibition at the Sydney Jewish Museum, which included some letters Otto Frank had sent to some young girls who’d read “The Diary of Anne Frank”. I have a Jewish friend in America who told me about the exhibition and so I took detailed photographs to share it with her and thought you would appreciate it:
    xx Rowena

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  3. The Diary of Anne Frank is a definite life changer. My mum gave it to me for my 13th birthday. That’s the same age she was when she received her diary and started writing. Mum also gave me a diary with it and while Anne wrote to “Dear Kitty”, I wrote to “Dear Anne”.
    I haven’t heard of The Zion Covenant series. Are they true stories?

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