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A JEWISH NIGHTMARE Please go into full screen now By Svea Nyberg
THE BEGINNING… It is the year 1348, and you are taking a walk to your friend, Johan Schmidt, to trade a sack of potatoes. It is a beautiful day outside, birds are chirping and there is not a single cloud in sight. You have left over potatoes that you could not trade today, since you are a merchant. You finally reach Johan’s house, you can hear him talking to his wife, sounding very serious. You knock and hear footsteps coming towards you, Johan opens the door and his frown is turned upside down. ‘Otto! I haven’t seen you in ages!’ He steps forward to hug you but hesitates and changes his mind for some odd reason. ‘How are you Johan?’ You ask him. He frowns once again; ‘Come in please,’ something in his voice makes you uncomfortable. You walk in, vividly remembering the smell of fresh flowers. His wife, Enge, smiles at you as you approach a stool beside her. As you sit down, Johan starts talking, something in his voice stood out to you: fear. ‘We have heard troubling news from other towns about a horrible disease, the black death. Rumor has it that it causes unpleasant swelling, and fever, almost certain death. Very few people survive this disease. And the worst yet, is that it spreads like wild fire. Otto, the black death has reached our town,’ he hesitates again and said, ‘It will get ugly,’ Click Next
THE BEGINNING… Your face was burning, how could this happen? Johan saw the Tora that you are holding tightly and said, ‘You better be careful with that’ you wonder why he would say that, but before you knew it, Johan opens the door, making it clear that it was time for you to leave. You immediately run home to your wife and two young daughters and tell them what happened. They are just as surprised as you were. The next few weeks pass quickly, but everyone in your town seems to notice the tension in the air around them. One day, on your way home from a hard day’s work, you walk towards your other friend’s house, Thomson, and just as you are about to knock, you notice that everything is silent. Normally there would be the sound of hammering and children singing, but not this time. You smell something odd that is hard to describe. If you choose to open the door click here click here If you choose not to open the door click here click here
WHEN YOU OPEN THE DOOR… You slowly open the door and see Thomson’s wife lying in a pool of blood on the floor of the small kitchen. The stench is revolting and the sight is hideous. Suddenly, Thomson comes in, and you can see that he had been crying. You don’t know what to say, but before you can react he grabs a knife and starts towards you. You are quite shocked to see a threatening look on his face. ‘Th-Thomson! I’m so sorry about your wife, but please – please – put down the knife!’ He looks at you straight in the eye and steppes closer, ‘You did this! You Jews are working for the devil and bringing the Black Death to us Christians! How dare you! You shall pay!’ Click Next
WHEN YOU OPEN THE DOOR… You are suddenly puzzled. ‘Us Jews? We have done nothing! How could you say that to me my friend?’ For a moment, his normal friendly face returns, but he twitches and steps forward again, the knife in his hands. In the corner of your eyes, you see another kitchen knife on the table next to you. It would be so very easy to grab it and defend yourself. Then again, this man is your friend. If you choose to grab the knife click here click here If you choose not to grab the knife click here click here
YOU DON’T OPEN THE DOOR… You walk home and everything is completely quiet and normal. The next few weeks pass normally, but you do seem to sense something quite odd. People were not visiting each other’s houses anymore, and the town was filled with silence rather than the sound of children laughing. You know the plague has officially reached your town and you are beginning to worry about the new gravestones every day. People were asking me if I had the plague before having any physical contact with me. Rumor had it that the Jews were being blamed for the Black Death, so you and your family – along with many other Jews – tried to keep your head down low. On a rainy day, your friend Erica – who is also Jewish – knocks on your door and you are very relieved to see her. Click Next
You open the door and shake your head, knowing that she was going to ask you if you had the plague. She laughs and walks in, ‘It’s nice to laugh again once in a while,’ she says, ‘sometimes I pretend I am Christian, you know? It actually helps’ she says to me. ‘What?! Really? Wow, I didn’t know you were such a great actress,’ you laugh and admit that it’s nice to feel happy again. But suddenly her expression hardens, ‘My husband and children are dead. They burned them – every last one of my family. Can you imagine? Those Christians are burning dozens, if not hundreds of innocent Jews – alive! Don’t they realize that Jews are also suffering and dying because of this horrible plague?’ you can’t believe that her family had to suffer being burned alive, ‘and you survived? What happened exactly?’. YOU DON’T OPEN THE DOOR… Click Next
she looks down, but she starts to explain anyway, ‘Last week, when my family and I were eating porridge, we heard pounding on the door and my husband opened the door…’ she chokes back her tears, ‘they grabbed him and charged into the house, grabbing my children too. They didn’t seem to want to take me with, I – I don’t know why. They took my family and they left. I followed them, screaming at the Christians to take me instead but they didn’t listen. And then I had to watch as they were burned…alive,’ she pauses, ‘you and your family better be careful,’ she said. Then she stands up, puts on a hood, and quickly walks away. YOU DON’T OPEN THE DOOR… Click Next
You decide to clean the house a bit while processing everything in your mind. As you are in deep thought, your 13-year-old daughter comes rushing in and she slams the door closed behind her. You turn around and to your surprise your daughter, Alexia, has a bad cut on her forehead and all over her arms. She is limping as she walks towards you. You run to her side, pick her up, and set her down on the table. ‘What happened? Goodness me my child, you are full of cuts and bruises!’ You grab a wet cloth and desperately try to dab the blood off her face, ‘Tell me, what did this to you…’ you stop for a moment and gasp, ‘Who did this to you?’ She wipes her tears and says, ‘Th – The Christians. I was walking home and they attacked me. They were going to take me to the fire and burn me, I was so scared, but I managed to escape. It is good that you have stayed here, because any Jew outside right now will surely be burned to death. Where are Mother and Julia?’ YOU DON’T OPEN THE DOOR… Click Next
You stop cleansing the wounds of Alexia. It couldn’t be that they had been taken by the Christians! You look out the window, and try to decide if you go find your wife and daughter, or stay with your daughter. If you go outside, then you risk your own life and perhaps the life of Alexia, who could bleed to death. But if you stay, then the rest of your family will surely die. YOU DON’T OPEN THE DOOR… If you choose to look for your wife and Julia click here click here If you choose to stay with Alexia click here click here
YOU DO NOT GRAB THE KNIFE… You decide not to grab for the knife, and you take a step back. 'Thomson, this is silly, stop it now will you? This is crazy!' You try to handle with him. But before you know it, Thomson lunges and sinks his knife into your chest. You slowly fall down on the ground. 'Please take me to heaven, Lord,' you manage to stutter. You smile and close your eyes. You can feel your heart beating slower, and slower, and slower. Thump, thump, thump… silence. You are dead.
YOU DO NOT GRAB THE KNIFE… You decide to grab for the knife, and you take a step forward. 'Thomson, this is silly, stop it now will you? You and I both know that this is insane. I don’t want to use this knife!' You try to handle with him. Before you know it, Thomson lunges and tries to stab you, but you react quickly and jump to the left. But he is faster than you are and surprises you by sinking his knife into your chest. You slowly fall down on the ground. 'Please take me to heaven, Lord,' you manage to stutter. You smile and close your eyes. You can feel your heart beating slower, and slower, and slower. Thump, thump, thump… silence. You are dead.
YOU DECIDE TO GO OUTSIDE… You decide to go outside and look for your wife and Julia. ‘They must be outside somewhere, Alexia. Stay here, I will be right back,’ you say. Then you hug her and run outside, locking the door behind you. You can smell smoke north, but you can hear shouting and screaming in another direction. You know that your journey to find Julia and your wife will be extremely dangerous. You put on your hood and run to the direction of the voices. It is amazing how many heaps and heaps of dead bodies are piled on the street. You keep on running, and nothing stops you. After three hours, you reach the woods. You decide to lay down for a short rest. And when you do, you notices painful swellings under your armpits and on your arms. You gasp and lean your head against the trunk of a tree. ‘I have failed,’ you say, ‘I have failed to save what matters most, and now I will die. Lord bless my soul,’ and with that, you close your eyes and wait for death to greet you. Click Next
AND THEN… But to your surprise, you wake up on the fourth day, and the pain has slowly gone away. You have survived the Black Death! You can’t believe it and you jump for joy. But then you notice that you have a big decision to make. Do you go home to Alexia? Or continue looking for the rest of your family? If you choose to continue looking, click here click here If you choose to return home, click here click here
YOU RETURN HOME You return home to Alexia, and she is very happy to see you. You try to convince yourself that your wife and Julia will come home any time. You un-lock one of the locks on your house just in case they do show up. But time passes slowly, and your family still does not return. You have a gut feeling that they are dead. You and your daughter are waiting for the Black Death to move on. But until then, you lead quiet lives. Quiet, yet extremely dangerous lives.
YOU CONTINUE LOOKING You decide to continue looking. You walk through the woods for an hour, when you hear footsteps behind you. You turn around and see nothing, so you continue walking. But then you turn around again to see a man with a knife. He stabs you in the chest. You slowly fall down on the ground. 'Please take me to heaven, Lord,' you manage to stutter. You smile and close your eyes. You can feel your heart beating slower, and slower, and slower. Thump, thump, thump… silence.
YOU DECIDE TO STAY WITH ALEXIA You decide it would be safer to stay with Alexia. You stich up the wound on her forehead (as your father had taught you) and finish cleaning up the rest of her wounds. You try to convince yourself that your wife and Julia will come home any time. You un-lock one of the locks on your house just in case they do show up. But time passes slowly, and your family still does not return. You have a gut feeling that they are dead. You and your daughter are waiting for the Black Death to move on. But until then, you lead quiet lives. Quiet, yet extremely dangerous lives.