THE SILVER SWORD
Joseph:- Joseph Balicki was the head of the Balicki family. He was the Headmaster of a Primary School in Warsaw. Joseph and his Swiss wife Margrit had three children, Edek, Ruth, and Bronia. He was bundled off to a prison camp in Zakyna, where the weather was extremely harsh. Joseph, was marched off to Zakyna because, during a scripture lesson, Joseph had turned Hitlers’ picture towards the wall. Someone had reported this to the Nazis and Joseph was taken to Zakyna. But he was determined to escape. Joseph never gave up hope even when the others told him that his family had probably perished, he thought that there was always some hope that they were yet alive. He was a very positive man and was extremely optimistic in his thinking. That was one of the reasons why Joseph had been able to escape from Zakyna when others had failed. Another reason was because Joseph was a very intelligent and witty man. He was extremely observant. Joseph always thought before he acted and that was how he was able to make such brilliant plans and amazing strategies. For days and days observed what the Nazi soldiers did daily. Then, he knocked out a soldier and pretended to be one himself. That is why we can also say that Joseph was extremely clever. After he escaped, Joseph first met an old man and a lady who were very kind to him and also very helpful. They offered him food and shelter for a few nights until he was ready to go again. Later, in search of his family, he also met this young, mysterious boy, Jan. At first, Jan was very secretive. Afterwards, Jan opened up a little. He was still secretive and shy, he told Joseph about what had happened to his family after he was taken to prison and that helped Joseph a great deal. Soon, Joseph embarked on the long journey in search of his beloved family.
Bronia loved drawing and was a fine artist. She learnt to be strong and endured may...
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