January 31, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the’ 49ers.” Who or what are they? What is the significance of the number? Do you follow the Gold Rush history or venture into new territory? Go where the prompt leads!
Bar 49 – by Hugh W. Roberts
“Who’re all these men in this old photo, Gran?”
“That’s my grandfather with a group of men known as the 49ers.”
“Yes. Unfortunately, they all died in Auschwitz.”
“The concentration camp?”
“Yes, and you’re old enough to know the truth. In Berlin, the men were all arrested in a bar known as ‘Bar 49.’ Homosexuals frequented it. They were rounded up, made to wear the symbol of a pink triangle and taken, some with their families, to Auschwitz.”
“Gran, I’m so sorry.”
“Don’t be sorry, Carl. Be happy that you are marrying the man of your dreams tomorrow.
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